2013 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche

Year: 2013
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$199.95

"Cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by leather, licorice, mineral and tar flavors in this red, starting out detailed and elegant, turning firm and unyielding by the finish. Though assertive, the tannins stay within bounds, and this finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2022 through 2045. 1,150 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"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.

During my annual tasting with Bruna Giacosa in Neive, I learned a few new things. First, the newest vintage (2013) of the Barbaresco Rabajà now uses fruit from a new parcel directly owned by the estate. That means production of this wine is assured for the future. The Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna le Rocche was produced in 2014 as was the 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Asili. These are the two red label wines. The Barolo will be released in 2020 and the Barbaresco hits the market in 2019. Production numbers are low on both wines." (WA)

"Giacosa's 2013 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche is powerful and intense, with fine overall depth and persistence, but less in the way of finesse. With time in the glass, the 2013 opens up nicely. Even so, the inner sweetness and perfume that is such a Giacosa signature never develops. Moreover, the lack of color and overall freshness suggest the 2013 is a wine to drink over the near and medium term, but not longer. The Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche is the same wine that was previously labeled Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto." (VM)

"This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and ripe fruit. Aromas of plums and hazelnuts. Full-bodied and chewy. Fabulous finish. Needs three to four years to come together. Great wine. No Falleto was made in 2013. Only Le Rocche. Available in January 2017." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Bruno Giacosa's winemaking philosophy combines a respect for tradition and conservative winemaking with the selected use of modern technology to obtain the best expression of each vineyard's terroir. He is convinced that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers. This belief pushes him to improve quality with every harvest. In the cellar, the goal is to produce a wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle, so winemaking methods are traditional and in full respect of the grape's typical characteristics.

The "Azienda Agricola Falletto – di Bruno Giacosa" labels represent the estate vineyards, while the "Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa" labels are used for wines produced from grapes purchased from historical grape growers that have a longstanding relationship with the family.