2015 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba

Year: 2015
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported.–BS " (WS)

"The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.

Here is a brief roundup of the upcoming bottlings we can expect from Bruno Giacosa. No Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made in 2013 because part of that vineyard was removed, but production of that wine returned 2014. The 2010 vintage was a washout for Bruno Giacosa. Barolo and Barbaresco were not produced. The Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) was made in 2011, but not in 2012. The 2012 vintage only saw the production of Barbaresco Asili and 2013 will see a Barbaresco Rabajà. The 2014 vintage brings a slew of wines from Bruno Giacosa. Production in 2014 will include the base Barbaresco, Barbaresco Rabajà and Barbaresco Riserva Asili. The celebrated Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (red label) was made in 2008 and will be followed by 2011, 2012 and 2014. That means that the next time we see the red label wine will be in 2017 (with the 2011 vintage). Only the white label was made in 2013. Happily for us, the 2014 vintage will see both the Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label), and the Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (red label). Bruna Giacosa tells me that the outlook looks good for many of the top-shelf wines in 2015, although the final decision will be taken in one year's time." (WA)

"This is so fruity and juicy with dried berry and hints of walnuts. Medium to full body, bright and lively. Real dolcetto. Drink now." (JS)

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