Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC, Piemonte

One of the legendary winemakers of the world, Bruno Giacosa joined the family business at the age of 15, representing the third generation of his Langhe winemaking family. Giacosa’s unfailing pursuit of perfection, his unrivaled palate and his intimate knowledge of vineyards in the Langhe quickly drew recognition and helped establish Piedmont as a leading wine region. His legacy rests with daughter Bruna, who continues to uphold her father’s winemaking philosophy to respect traditional techniques while using the best of modern technology. The goal is for each distinguished site to produce articulate, unique wines.

Tasting Notes

Subtle and elegant with notes of red fruit and dried roses. On the palate, the tannins are present, but fine and well-integrated, and the wine showcases excellent freshness and persistence of fruit.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard: Valmaggiore (Village of Vezza d’Alba)
  • Exposure: Southwest
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Age of vines: 40 years old
  • Harvest date: September 26-27, 2017
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: March 2019
  • Alcohol: 14.0% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5. 45 g/L
  • pH: 3.55
  • Total extract: 29 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2019-2030

One of the legendary winemakers of the world, Bruno Giacosa joined the family business at the age of 15, representing the third generation of his Langhe winemaking family. Giacosa’s unfailing pursuit of perfection, his unrivaled palate and his intimate knowledge of vineyards in the Langhe quickly drew recognition and helped establish Piedmont as a leading wine region. His legacy rests with daughter Bruna, who continues to uphold her father’s winemaking philosophy to respect traditional techniques while using the best of modern technology. The goal is for each distinguished site to produce articulate, unique wines.

Tasting Notes

Subtle and elegant with notes of red fruit and dried roses. On the palate, the tannins are present, but fine and well-integrated, and the wine showcases excellent freshness and persistence of fruit.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard: Valmaggiore (Village of Vezza d’Alba)
  • Exposure: Southwest
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Age of vines: 40 years old
  • Harvest date: 6-8 October 2016
  • Fermentation and maceration: 14 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: March 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.0% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.60 g/L
  • pH: 3.55
  • Total extract: 29 g/L

Bruno Giacosa’s winemaking philosophy combines a respect for tradition and conservative winemaking with the selected use of modern technology to obtain the best expression of each vineyard’s terroir. He is convinced that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers. This belief pushes him to improve quality with every harvest. In the cellar, the goal is to produce a wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle, so winemaking methods are traditional and in full respect of the grape’s typical characteristics.

Tasting Notes

Subtle and elegant with red fruit and notes of dried flowers. On the palate, the tannins are present, but fine and well-integrated, and the wine showcases excellent freshness.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard: Valmaggiore (Village of Vezza d’Alba)
  • Exposure: Southwest
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Age of vines: 38 years old
  • Harvest date: 28-29 September 2015
  • Fermentation and maceration: 14 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: March 2017
  • Alcohol: 14.10% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.50 g/L
  • pH: 3.60
  • Total extract: 28.5 g/L

Bruno Giacosa’s winemaking philosophy combines a respect for tradition and conservative winemaking with the selected use of modern technology to obtain the best expression of each vineyard’s terroir. He is convinced that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers. This belief pushes him to improve quality with every harvest. In the cellar, the goal is to produce a wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle, so winemaking methods are traditional and in full respect of the grape’s typical characteristics.

Tasting Notes

Subtle and elegant with red fruit and notes of dried flowers. On the palate, the tannins are present, but well-integrated, and the wine showcases excellent freshness.

  • Grape variety:Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 13.75% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.90 g/L
  • pH: 3.55

  • 90

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

    "Enticing, featuring delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors, allied to an elegant frame. Firm tannins hold court on the long finish, but this is balanced overall. Drink now through 2024. 1,175 cases made."

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  • 93

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

    "I am a huge fan of this vineyard site in the Roero region. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore serves to encourage and confirm my enthusiasm. The Valmaggiore vineyard is home to dangerously steep rows that make farming extremely laborious. The effort is worth it, especially when you consider those delicate and nuanced berry aromas that so beautifully permeate the bouquet. Wild strawberry, cassis and blueberry are followed by pressed violet and bitter almond. Nor is the mouthfeel to be underestimated, as it provides ample structure and extra crunch on the tonic finish. This wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting and is developing handsomely."

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  • 94

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

    "Very tight and focused with orange peel, chocolate and hints of bright fruit. Medium body, firm and silky finish. Structured and beautiful. Don’t forget Giacosa’s Nebbiolos! Drink now."

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  • 90

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2017

    "Firm, with burly tannins offset by cherry, berry, iron and tobacco flavors. Offers a beam of cherry and berry fruit, just needs a year or so to settle down. Best from 2019 through 2024. 1,166 cases made."

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  • 91+

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

    "The Valmaggiore vineyard in the Roero appellation is one of the hottest spots for grape-growing in Piedmont today. Fruit coming out of this site has been exceptional these past few years. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigne Valmaggiore shows a youthful personality with fresh primary fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry followed by red rose and pressed violet. The Roero area is characterized by sandy soils so those floral perfumes are very pronounced and intense. Bruna Giacosa just signed a ten-year lease on this site meaning she now manages all the farming needs in-house. The Valmaggiore cru awards us with a different and equally exciting perspective onto the Nebbiolo grape."

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  • 89

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "Bruna Giacosa says that her family had a much easier time with Nebbiolo in 2014 compared to the other grapes they farm. The 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore is an elegant and forthcoming wine that drinks easily in the near-term, thanks to the balanced acidity and silky tannins it offers. The bouquet is laced with wild berry, blue flower and cola. The wine's structure is succulent and firm. In fact, the decisive firmness of this red comes as a pleasant surprise."

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    Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore
    Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

    "Tobacco and mushroom notes lend an earthy tone to this wine’s fresh red berry flavors. It feels vibrant and ripe, with hints of menthol, coriander and sweet spice that add dimension. Its ripe fruit and mild tannins make it a versatile partner for poultry or pasta."

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