Bruno Giacosa is easily the Piedmont property that has given me the greatest drinking experiences.
Born in 1929, Bruno started working in the vineyards with his father Mario and grandfather Carlo at 17 years old and has been the main winemaker for most of the estates history. Starting in 1964, Bruno started to make wines from purchased fruit from the famed Santo Stefano vineyard which has always been solely owned by the Castello di Neive. This arrangement would last until the 2011 vintage From the late 1960s to the early 1990s he also had fruit purchase agreements for selected vineyards such as Asili, Rio Sordo, Montefico in Barbaresco as well as Villero, Bussia and Collina Rionda in Barolo. It wasn’t until 1982 that Bruno bought his first vineyard, the famed Falletto cru in Serralunga. He followed this up with the purchase of two Barbaresco plots in the Asili and Rabaja crus. The property now only produces wines from their own vineyards of Falletto, Rocche del Falletto, Rabaja and Asili with the white label. Bruno sadly passed in 2018 and the winemaking is lead by the talented Dante Scaglione who has worked alongside Bruno since 1990 with a short hiatus between 2008 and 2011.
Giacosa has given me the greatest amount of drinking pleasure probably of any other Domaine on earth with legendary wines such the 1964 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva, 1971 Barolo Falletto Riserva, 1989 Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva (possibly the greatest wine I’ve ever drunk), Barolo Rocche del Falletto 1999 and many more.
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