Bruno Giacosa - Barbaresco Asili label
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Bruno Giacosa - Barbaresco Asili 2017

Red Wine

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Item# 83321-17/6PK

Product Ratings

James Suckling 97pt
Wine Spectator 97pt

Description

Asili represents one of the most important single vineyards of Barbaresco. Bruno Giacosa purchased vineyards in Asili in the 1980s, which now total 2.5 hectares.

Estate

One of the legendary winemakers of the world, Bruno Giacosa crafted the most prestigious single-vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco wines during a career that spanned nearly eight decades. He joined the family business at the age of 15, representing the third generation of his Langhe winemaking family. Giacosa’s unfailing pursuit of perfection, his unrivaled palate and his intimate knowledge of vineyards in the Langhe quickly drew recognition and helped establish Piedmont as a leading wine region. In 1980, Giacosa began to acquire prime parcels in Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra and Barbaresco to produce wines that are rightly regarded as the finest expressions of Nebbiolo. His legacy rests with daughter Bruna, who continues to uphold her father’s winemaking philosophy to respect traditional techniques while using the best of modern technology. The goal is for each distinguished site to produce articulate, unique wines.

Technical Info

Grape variety: Nebbiolo
Subarea: Asili (Village of Barbaresco)
Area: 2.5 ha
Vineyard exposure: South and southwest
Age of vines: 28 years old
Soil: Calcareous clay with a good percentage of sand
Vineyard density: 4,200 vines per hectare
Yield: 45 hL/hectare
Harvest date: September 19
Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
Refinement: 18 months in Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
Bottling: July
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Total acidity: 5.40 g/L
pH: 3.55
Total extract: 29.2 g/L

Vintage

A vintage to remember for the challenges that growers faced from Mother Nature, namely hot weather and very little rain. Surprisingly, the wines produced do not show any notes of over-ripeness commonly found in a hot year. This balance in the wines is attributed to the stark temperature swings with cool summer nights tempering the hot days. The Barbaresco is fruit-driven with good acidity, and the Barolo is rich and austere.