Bruno Giacosa   Barbaresco Asili DOCG

2003 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G.

By Bruno Giacosa

2003 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont, Italy

There is no denying the compelling allure of the fine wines from Italy, particularly when an illustrious vintage from a renowned winemaker comes into the spotlight. The 2003 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa powerfully illustrates what makes this year peerless among others.


A true testament to a memorable year of unpredictable weather

The 2003 vintage was far from typical due to the salient impact of an extraordinarily hot European summer. Precarious climatic conditions validated Giacosa's consummate skills as he deftly balanced the effects of heat to create a sensational offering.

The result? An opulent Barbaresco that's not just eloquent in its delivery but emblematic of Bruno Giacosa's alchemic genius. One is immediately captivated by an expressive nose that conjures up scents of ripe red cherries, roses and nuances of sweet spices. It's an inviting introduction that persists and beguiles.


Elevating wine investment: The 2003 charm

The 2003 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. does not meekly hide behind dramatic climatic conditions. Instead, it excels, tempering voluptuous fruitiness with structured tannins resulting in a profound persistency that unfolds in layers on the palate. This brilliant interpretation by Bruno Giacosa is a flavorful journey made robust through earthiness and subtleness of toasted oak.

As elegant as it is complex, this honourable wine depicts the innovative dedication manifested by its producer during challenging times resulting in a wine that appeals to experienced investors and neophytes alike.

Conclusively, the 2003 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa offers more than just an insight into a unique vintage in the world of fine wines; it underlines the enduring appeal of masterfully crafted Italian wines and their potential for compelling investment opportunities.

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The just-bottled 2003 Barbaresco Asili is the only Barbaresco the ultra-perfectionist Bruno Giacosa has decided to release in this difficult vintage and it shows why Giacosa, along with Angelo Gaja, is in a class of his own when it comes to Barbaresco. Medium-red in color, it offers an expressive nose along with delicate nuances of super-ripe red fruits, macerated cherries and alcohol. Made in an atypically lush style, yet balanced by a classic sense of structure and proportion, this medium to full-bodied Barbaresco is one of the highlights of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Importer: Winebow, Hohokus, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2006

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