Bruno Giacosa   Barolo Falletto DOCG

2001 Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G.

By Bruno Giacosa

2001 Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa

The illustrious reputation of the Nebbiolo grape finds a powerhouse expression in the 2001 Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa. Through the visionary stewardship of Giacosa's vineyards, this wine boasts an almost inexplicable depth of character and complexity that marked 2001 as a definitive vintage for fine wines from Italy, especially within the Piemonte region.


A vintage that showed its backbone

The climatic conditions of 2001 offered a slightly cooler growing season, allowing Nebbiolo's natural austerity to shine through with stoic tenacity. It is this very structure that makes the 2001 Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. an ideal choice for those intrigued by the depth and range of Italy's finest vintages and keen to add substance to their fine wine investments.

A vibrant display of garnet in colour, this wine dances at rim's edge with hints of orange brick - a display indicative of its age and graceful maturity. Revel in cascades of rose petal, liquorice, and ripe red fruit which meet undertones of herbs and old leather: a sensory tapestry woven with delicate intricacy.


The investment credence in every bottle

The palate unravels the varietal's bold tannins softened by more than two decades of ageing. Giacosa's mastery transforms the Nebbiolo grape into an experience both austere and luxe; high acidity plays in perfect tension with rich layers of black cherry and truffle. It is this balance that cements its status as one of the most compelling symbols of longevity among Italian fine wines on the investment market.

The 2001 Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. from Bruno Giacosa manifests the extraordinary potential of its vintage; a bottle speaking the language of nobility echoed through every nuanced sip. It is an investment-worthy expression that retains its value on the palate as it does in a collector's cellar.

Uncover this stately language of the vine – an investment ride through time, a sensory experience to be savoured, and most importantly, a testament to one of Italy's finest vintages.

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The 2001 Barolo Falletto impresses for its layered, silky personality. Sweet roses, tar, licorice and menthol are all woven together in this deceptively medium-bodied Barolo. There is plenty of muscle to back things up. Today the Falletto is quite a bit more delicate than it has been in the past. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. This is a fabulous set of wines from one of the great Giacosa vintages. Admittedly, opening ten year-old Giacosa Barbareschi and Baroli must be viewed as a purely academic excercise, as the wines are nowhere near ready. Readers will have to be especially patient, as most of these wines have entered a closed phase after having been surprisingly accessible early on. Importer: Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA; tel. (707) 256-2700

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 25 April 2012

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