Bruno Giacosa   Barbaresco Asili DOCG

2005 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G.

By Bruno Giacosa

2005 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. by Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont, Italy

The distinguished 2005 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa is an exemplar of finesse in a bottle, demonstrating the zenith of Nebbiolo expression from Piedmont’s world-class terroir. Bruno Giacosa’s storied commitment to quality has remarkably transcended in this particular vintage, showcasing forty years of mastered viticulture and winemaking techniques with aplomb.


Marvel of Mother Nature's Majesty

This intriguing vintage emerged from one of Piedmont's more challenging seasons, with climatic conditions pushing the boundaries for what is possible in fine wine production. Unpredictable spring weather gave way to a hot, dry summer, forging grapes that embodied a balance between ripeness and structural acidity—a testament to the resilience of both vines and winemakers.


Elegance Encapsulated

The 2005 Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. strikes a captivating balance between intense aromas of ripe dark cherries, dried roses, and truffles, with subtle hints of spice and leather. It engulfs the palate with its sturdy yet refined tannins that give way to an exceptional depth of flavours, culminating in an enduring finish - a sublime testament to the age-worthiness and profound complexity of Nebbiolo.


Investment Gold in Crimson Elixir

The promise that resides in each bottle of this magnificent vintage presents an irresistible proposition for fine wine investors. Its scarcity and steadily maturing profile make it an alluring subject for those focusing on long-term returns. Largely regarded as one of the finest wines from Italy, this complex and harmoniously balanced vintage has the potential to outperform in any well-constructed wine portfolio.


A Quintessence of Quality

By crafting this Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G., Bruno Giacosa exceptionally encapsulates the dynamic character and unique dynamics of Piedmont’s 2005 vintage. It is an absolute jewel in the crown of Italian winemaking, captivating both connoisseurs and investors alike with its elegance, depth, and invigorating potential for growth.

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Giacosa’s 2005 Barbaresco Asili is noticeably rounder, sweeter and denser than the Santo Stefano. It shows remarkable balance and harmony in an incredibly pure, graceful style. The tannins are so finessed and elegant it is hard to actually perceive them on the palate. Here too, the wine shows awesome inner balance and poise. Sweet raspberries, flowers, roses and spices are just some of the nuances that emerge from this incredibly delicious, promising Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025. My May visit with Bruno Giacosa was significant in many ways. It was the first time in many years that the recently departed, long-time oenologist wasn’t on hand to lead the tasting. At the same time, Giacosa appeared to be in higher spirits than I have witnessed in previous recent visits. Oftentimes change can be invigorating, and I certainly hope that will be the case here. New oenologist Giorgio Lavagna has his work cut out for him, but I can only wish him the very best. As for the wines, we spent several hours surveying all the 2005s, 2006s and 2007s from cask, after which we re-visited several of the 2004s from bottle. The 2004s confirmed their stature as masterpieces, yet Giacosa fans will delight at the prospect of a number of potentially outstanding wines in the pipeline. The 2005 Barbarescos have always shown tons of harmony and elegance from cask, so I was happy to find the wines just as outstanding from bottle. Although there are no Red Label Riservas from Giacosa in 2005, the wines display remarkable quality across the board. The rest of the line-up is solid as well. A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2008

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