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Giacosa's Modern Classic, Value in Burgundy, Rhone Traditionalists

January 9, 2013
A Note from Sergio


Today, I'm delighted to offer a wine that I'm liking a lot: Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007. And I'm offering it in the context of other extraordinary vintages--including 1990 and 2004. Barbaresco is often referred to as a junior Barolo: where Barolo is king, Barbaresco is queen. But Barbaresco always seems to be an also-ran to Barolo's pageant winner. Certainly, there's no way I can knock Barolo--it's Italy's most esteemed wine for many good reasons--but I can't help but wonder if Barbaresco doesn't pale by close comparison.


Barbaresco sits right next door to Barolo. You drive seamlessly from one region to the other, the elevation rising a little to Barbaresco, the sea air a bit more noticeable and a bit cooler. But the same grapes grow, many of the same producers make the two wines, and both are beloved by Italians. It's no big surprise that Barolo great Bruno Giacosa makes Barbarescos whose collectability rivals those of Angelo Gaja. After all, they're both master winemakers, working in the same region, with generations of winemaking behind them and the skill, knowledge and daring to push their wines to excellence. Though Gaja's efforts and marketing savvy pushed the door open to collectable Barbaresco, Bruno has shoved that door wide open.


It's not surprising Giacosa's Barbarescos are amazing, for Barolo producers have always traditionally made Barbaresco, and a winemaker who can craft a beautiful Barolo can pretty much make a glory of any wine he sets his mind to making. Today, I'm delighted to highlight Giacosa's Santo Stefano Barbaresco, a wine that is unabashedly Barbaresco yet brings to mind Barolo's aromatics and structure. In addition, I'm delighted to offer the fine Burgundies of Simon Bize, one of the great values from the region. Open a bottle of either and taste beauty; it's waiting for you.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Understanding the Legendary Santo Stefano (1990-2007)

2. Only at IWM: The Road to Burgundy Begins Here

3. Time Sensitive Offer: Auguste Clape 2010 Clape-Cornas's Greatest Release?

4. Wine Events: Vintage Rioja Dinner, Castelmagno and Barolo       



My Best, 



Sergio Esposito