Bruno Giacosa   Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto DOCG

2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G.

By Bruno Giacosa

2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G from Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont, Italy

The narrative of the 2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. is one that resonates with a magical storytelling prowess, hailing from the vine-clad hills of Piedmont. This vinous offering from reowned Italian winemaker Bruno Giacosa is an eloquent testament to the splendours of the 2013 vintage and the profound potential inherent in this distinguished corner of Italy's wine map.


The Plot Unfurls with a Perfumed Profundity

Unveil the cork and you'll find aromatic drama waiting to ensnare your senses. Delectable hints of black cherry, crushed wild rose petals and pure liquorice draw one into a deep, intellectual encounter. The year 2013 was remarkably cool and slow-paced in Piedmont, giving the Nebbiolo grapes a chance to build complexity and structure in tandem.

The resulting wine from Bruno Giacosa is akin to witnessing a beautiful performance unfold on a grand operatic stage, where high-quality tannins play a leading role. Each sip delivers layers of nuanced harmony building towards a crescendo of taste sensations.


The Parable of Prioritising Patience

Weathering perfectly through the annals of time, the 2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. conveys how delayed gratification can lend an unparalleled savour to fine wines from Italy. Ideal plantation orientation coupled with favourable ocean breezes underpinned optimal ripening conditions for Nebbiolo, then artfully transformed by Bruno Giacosa into an embodiment of structured longevity.

This robustly concentrated wine stands testament to an unwavering commitment to expressing the terroir's essence through meticulous winemaking. The enduring vitality encased within this bottle offers a compelling case for wine investment, bearing in mind the advantageous balance of supply and demand that defines the fine wine market today.

In summary, the 2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G showcases how masterful winemaking, pristine terroir and an exceptional vintage year can intertwine to create a captivating symphony. An opera in a bottle, this Barolo reveals itself not just as one of Piedmont’s leading wines, but an Italianic tour de force urging a more extensive exploration into the fine wines from Italy.

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The recent evolution of this wine is a bit confusing. After the 2009 Barolo le Rocche del Falletto was released, the wine was not made in 2010 or 2011. The following year, we got the 2012 Barolo Falletto that I scored last year. We now return to the series with the 2013 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche—which is, of course, the white label wine. The wine shows extremely elegant and fine characteristics with a dry and streamlined approach. Fruit tones on offer are delicate and nuanced. White truffle, balsam herb, violet and licorice are folded within. The wine was a little reticent when I tasted it and it definitely needs more time to flesh out in the bottle.

Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

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