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 flowers. On the palate, the tannins are present, but fine and well-integrated, and the wine showcases excellent freshness and structure of fruit.

  • Fermentation and maceration: 18 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: January 2022

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.20 g/L
  • pH: 3.60
  • Total extract: 28.1 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2022-2035

  • Vineyard: Valmaggiore (Village of Vezza d’Alba)
  • Exposure: Southwest
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Age of vines: 43 years old

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: 42 years old
  • Harvest date: October 14, 2019
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: January 2021
  • Alcohol: 14% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.30 g/L
  • pH: 3.62
  • Total extract: 28 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2021-2030

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: 41 years old
  • Harvest date: September 8, 2018
  • Fermentation and maceration: 16 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 14 months in French oak
  • Bottling: March 2020
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5. 40 g/L
  • pH: 3.57
  • Total extract: 29 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2020-2027

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

  • 90

    points

    Wine Spectator, November 2021

    "This is rich and round, boasting plum, cherry, iron and tea flavors, backed by a dense matrix of refined tannins. Ends moderately long. Drink now through 2028. 300 cases imported."

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  • 94

    points

    James Suckling, August 2020

    "Here is a pure nebbiolo with beautiful purity of fruit, offering dried cherries, sliced ripe strawberries and hints of hazelnuts and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with super integrated tannins that are creamy and refined. Truly balanced and harmonious already. Drink or hold."

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  • 90

    points

    Wine Spectator, 2020

    "This aromatic red exhibits strawberry, cherry, white pepper and licorice scents. Earth and tobacco flavors chime in as this builds on the palate to a long, well-structured finish. Drink now through 2025. 875 cases made, 225 cases imported."

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  • 92

    points

    Wine Advocate, June 2019

    "The 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore is hitting the market as I write this review. The Giacosa family never made a Langhe Nebbiolo and instead focused their efforts on a site-specific expression of Nebbiolo to fill in the lower end of their portfolio. The 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore hails from an always over-performing site in Roero that is distinguished by floral notes and bright berry intensity. This hot vintage is more accessible and near term (compared to 2016); however, it offers plenty of that pretty floral intensity that makes Valmaggiore so special."

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  • 94

    points

    James Suckling, November 2019

    "Lots going on here, for a wine of this category. The notes of blueberry compote, frozen raspberries and balsamic have real fragrant appeal. Meanwhile, a bedrock of firm, compressed tannins supports a vibrant array of wild red fruit and carries acidity-infused layers of citrus long and bright. Shows gravitas and gusto. Drink from 2021."

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  • 90

    points

    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

    points

    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

    points

    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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2020 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – Tasting Notes

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2018 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – Label

2017 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – Tasting Notes

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – Tasting Notes

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2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – Label

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