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Average critic rating : 95.0 points
Giacosa’s 2000 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is very representative of the vintage. Already showing a somewhat advancing color, it offers a beautiful nose redolent of spices, flowers, menthol and minerals followed by layers of finessed, super-ripe fruit that unfold onto the palate with plenty of style and length. Today it comes across as a very delicate, almost feminine version of itself, and it lacks the power and thrust of such great vintages as 1999 and 2001 as well as the promising 2003 and 2004 versions. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate # 167.
Bruno Giacosa is a revered Italian wine producer based in Nieve, in the Langhe region of Piemonte. Under the label Azienda Agricola Falletto (di Bruno Giacosa), he produces top quality Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as Dolcetto and Barbera from his 23 hectares of vines in prime vineyard sites. Giacosa also purchases grapes from growers with who he has long standing relationships, these wines are bottled under the label Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa. Regardless of which label is being used, his ambition it to make the highest quality wine possible, to the point where he will not attach his name to any wine considered inferior. Giacosa has also been known to declassify his single vineyard Barolos and Barbarescos, and did so in ’91,’92, ‘94, ’02 and ‘06. Conversely, in great vintages some of the best wines are bottled as Riserva under a distinct red label. Bruno Giacosa began learning his craft in 1944, at the age of 15. By the 60’s he had obtained a strong reputation as a perfectionist and was starting to bottle single vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco. In the early 80’s he acquired the renowned Falletto vineyard, home of his top Barolo. Today, Giacosa works alongside daughter, Bruna, and together they make world-class wines that are known for their remarkable elegance and longevity.
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