Good medium red. Knockout nose shows great precision to the clean aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, minerals and rose petal; this struck me as quite Burgundian. Then minerally and austere in the mouth, showing great intensity and floral perfume but no impression of thickness or weight. Downright Musigny-like, with superb energy from the limestone soil. Perhaps best of all on the gripping, rising, extremely long finish, which features a powerful tannic spine and exudes a compelling floral perfume. Destined to be long-lived, and a classic.
Fascinating aromas of game, tobacco, flowers, eucalyptus and wild mint. Sweet, superconcentrated and fine-grained. Combines an almost extreme sweetness for Giacosa Barbaresco with terrific acidity and compelling inner-palate perfume. This really reverberates in the mouth! A wonderfully sweet, silky wine that finishes with a firm tannic spine.
What a pleasure it was to taste the 2001 Barbaresco Asili. The nose is expressive, with well-delineated notes of spices, flowers and tar that meld seamlessly onto an irresistible palate packed with vibrant layers of sweet ripe fruit with an open, generous personality. This wine is showing a wonderful sense of inner purity.... A great effort.
The 2001 Barolo Falletto displays a more deeply colored, rich translucent ruby color. It opens with a sweet, balsamic nose of spices, oak, and minerals, and is packed with layers of deep, dark fruit that gradually open to reveal themselves on a big, strapping frame, with outstanding length and a beautiful note of freshness to cap off the finish.
Darker...than the Falletto in both its aromas and flavors, Giacosa's staggering 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto offers an explosive nose of spices, menthol, minerals, smoke and scorched earth followed by waves of sweet fruit that coat the palate in a potent mix of finesse and sheer power, with fine tannins, and a lingering balsamic note on the finish. Made from the oldest vines at Falletto, the 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is another towering achievement from Bruno Giacosa.
The ethereal 2001 Barbaresco Santo Stefano is simply gorgeous. Translucent ruby in color, it offers a delicate nose of violets, spices, menthol and minerals along with layers of ripe fruit that unfold in a supremely elegant counterpoint of flavors and sensations, finishing with tremendous length. Not to be missed.