Bruno Giacosa, that legendary Piemonte winemaking traditionalist, didn't own any vineyards before buying his now famous Falletto vineyard in 1982--he bought grapes from some of the area's best sites, just as his father and grandfather had. The one "modern" innovation that Giacosa has adopted is that he firmly believes in the value of single-vineyard wines, something that wine-lovers who love his Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto are profoundly glad about. The Falletto vineyard convinced Giacosa that blends weren't always better, and so this taciturn traditionalist makes the cru Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto in the best years.
Today, I'm very pleased to bring you Giacosa's 2005 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto. It's not a riserva--just a normale bottling--because the 2005 growing year was challenging. Rainy and gloomy, 2005 separated the good Piemonte winemakers from the great, and while much of the year's Barolo isn't terrific, some winemakers like Giacosa turned the clouds inside out and made wine that transcends its weather. This '05 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto is just beginning to hit its stride, but you'll be able to drink it for another decade, possibly more. It's a bottle that shows just how great Bruno Giacosa is, and because it's from a year that critics haven't praised, it's fairly affordable for Barolo fans.
About a month ago, Vincenzo Abbruzzese left his Valdacava estate and came to visit us in Union Square. He brought a bottle of his 2014 Rosso di Montalcino to pour for the staff, and the portfolio managers went nuts--they loved it. It's the only wine that Vincenzo made in 2014, so he aged it almost exactly like a Brunello, giving it just a little less time in wood than he normally does. It's fantastic, under $45 and offered below. Finally, I don't want my many Burgheads to feel overlooked, so I've selected a gorgeous 2011 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts from Emmanuel Rouget. It's a tremendous wine.