One of the Barolo greats, Bruno Giacosa is famously taciturn, a traditionalist who uses modern equipment, a man who makes wines as elegant and restrained as the man himself. He is, as many Italian winemakers are, an iconoclast. He has a profound vision and pursues it, mystifying some and delighting many more with his remarkable, heady wines. A producer who can make Barolo well will invariably make Barbaresco beautifully; Giacosa can and he does. The wines both require an intimate understanding of Nebbiolo, its fussiness, its potential and its tricks, and an almost preternatural understanding of microclimates. Giacosa has this knowledge--and more. He has that alchemical skill that turns grape juice into extraordinary experiences.
Today, I'm very proud to present three wines from this Italian traditionalist. Two are new releases, Giacosa's 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva and 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, and one is a legend of its time, his 2003 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. It's astounding that Bruno, now in his 80s, continues to make wines this vital, this gorgeous and this layered, but he does. That's the magic of Giacosa--as is his ability to see the beauty in aging wine that others would probably declassify or sell off, as in the '03 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. There aren't many people left like Bruno, and these wines are living, breathing, gorgeous links to Piemonte history.
Along with these icons of Piemonte, I'm very pleased to present Cupano's "baby Brunello" from 2010. You know you shouldn't be drinking your '10 Brunellos, not if you want to enjoy them at their peak. This little masterpiece from Cupano will let you enjoy the glory of the vintage without succumbing to early temptation. It's just a beautiful little wine.