Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 2014

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This is a difficult wine to find in the marketplace and it is rarely presented for official review. In fact, the last time it was produced was way back in 2008. The 2014 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from the lower part of the Asili cru with some smaller amounts from Rabajà. This is a very opulent and rich expression with forward determination and power. This is an unusual vintage with a cool summer and a very warm pre-harvest period. It produced interesting wines specifically in Barbaresco and almost nowhere else in Northern Italy. The quality of fruit is ripe and a touch sweet. Its texture is succulent and soft. The wine feels like it could be ready to drink now, but it also has the pedigree and beautiful inner structure for long cellar aging.

Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco is intense, yet fine and elegant, with notes of raspberry and strawberry layered with tobacco and mineral tones. The wine finishes with refined, polished tannins.

While 2014 plagued Barolo with hail, the turbulent yet warm vintage faired much, much better in Barbaresco, and Giacosa’s ’14 Barbaresco shows a classic, muscular profile. Silky yet taut, this wine frames its pure red fruits with pressed rose petals, warm chocolate, fresh earth, licorice, tobacco and tar. Firm, chewy tannins need some time to integrate, but give this wine a year or two of maturity to reveal its sweet fruit, conveyed on a vibrant, rich palate. Deriving from 15-year-old vines grown in a southwestern-facing plot with calcareous, sandy soils, grapes ferment for about three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in botti, followed by eight months in bottle.
This is a difficult wine to find in the marketplace and it is rarely presented for official review. In fact, the last time it was produced was way back in 2008. The 2014 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from the lower part of the Asili cru with some smaller amounts from Rabajà. This is a very opulent and rich expression with forward determination and power. This is an unusual vintage with a cool summer and a very warm pre-harvest period. It produced interesting wines specifically in Barbaresco and almost nowhere else in Northern Italy. The quality of fruit is ripe and a touch sweet. Its texture is succulent and soft. The wine feels like it could be ready to drink now, but it also has the pedigree and beautiful inner structure for long cellar aging.

Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco is intense, yet fine and elegant, with notes of raspberry and strawberry layered with tobacco and mineral tones. The wine finishes with refined, polished tannins.

While 2014 plagued Barolo with hail, the turbulent yet warm vintage faired much, much better in Barbaresco, and Giacosa’s ’14 Barbaresco shows a classic, muscular profile. Silky yet taut, this wine frames its pure red fruits with pressed rose petals, warm chocolate, fresh earth, licorice, tobacco and tar. Firm, chewy tannins need some time to integrate, but give this wine a year or two of maturity to reveal its sweet fruit, conveyed on a vibrant, rich palate. Deriving from 15-year-old vines grown in a southwestern-facing plot with calcareous, sandy soils, grapes ferment for about three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in botti, followed by eight months in bottle.

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