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Giacosa's Superb 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva--in Double Mags!
October 11, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Bruno Giacosa had a profound vision and pursued it, and in the process, he delighted many people with his remarkable, heady wines. Whether it was Bruno's collector Barolo and Barbaresco wines or his entry-level Barbera, Arneis, Dolcetto (and others), Bruno made his wines in the old ways, and he crafted wines that would feel familiar to his forebearers. Though Giacosa made many wines, he was best loved for his Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings, wines that require an intimate understanding of Nebbiolo, its fussiness, its potential and its tricks--as well as an almost preternatural understanding of Piemonte's microclimates. Giacosa had the knowledge and the alchemical skill that turns grape juice into extraordinary experiences.

To my thinking, Bruno stands as a god among producers, and his wines are stunning. Today, I'm very proud to present double magnum bottles of a recent Giacosa release, the estate's 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, a wine that even before it hit the shelves was being hailed as the wine of the vintage. Maybe it's too soon to give it this award--this Barbaresco Riserva still very, very young, but I believe that this wine's greatness will stand the test of time. I do know that today's Barbaresco Riserva is an important link in the chain of history; it's a traditional Barbaresco that could only come from the hands of Bruno Giacosa, and that makes it astonishingly good.

Finally, I managed to scare up a few bottles of Quintarelli's 1990 Amarone Riserva; this wine should be on your bucket list--and in your cellar!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Giacosa's Outstanding '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva in Rare Large Formats
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Quintarelli's Timeless 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1990 750ml
Price: $1,499.99

1990 was heralded as one of the great Veneto vintages of the late twentieth century, and upon release this Quintarelli Amarone Riserva was praised for its complexity, its velvety mouth-feel, its seductive power, and its electric energy. Now with almost thirty years of perfect maturity, this wine is stunning, unfurling myriad layers of flavors--juicy red and blue fruits, dried plums, Christmas cake, incense, tarry earth, warm leather, umami, black tea, and so many more. Rich and complex, this wine is nonetheless vibrant, shimmering across the palate to a lingering, resonant crescendo. This collector's wine is primarily from the indigenous Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara, Negrara and traces of Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, made in the painstaking appassimento method. This wine is a hedonist’s delight, a wine to be savored and meditated upon, and it’s a fitting tribute to one of the world’s greatest winemakers ever to have lived. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014 3L
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014 3L
Price: $1,799.00

2014 saw a wet, chilly, challenging growing year in Piemonte, but Giacosa’s ‘14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva shows that great winemakers can make great--even iconic--wines in “off” vintages. Extraordinarily perfumed, the ’14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva wafts with kaleidoscopic scents: juicy red fruits, brambly berries, freshly tilled loam, crushed violet petals, and sprinklings of herbs, crushed rocks and baking spices. The wine’s palate echoes this mesmerizing complexity, shifting with every moment to reveal a progression of intense, detailed notes. Fine-grained yet substantial tannins, solid acidity, and a linear structure argue for aging, but in time, this Barbaresco Riserva will be astonishing.  The cru Barbaresco Asili comes from the first vines Bruno Giacosa purchased in this region; however, beginning in 2007, Giacosa incorporated his parcel known as Rabaja into his Asili bottling, and this rich, opulent, and complex expression has grown yet more layered and nuanced. In 2014, the grapes for Barbaresco Asili Riserva macerated in stainless steel for about two weeks, and the wine aged for 32 months in barrel, followed by about 18 months in bottle. more info