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Expert Picks: Bruno Giacosa and…Bruno Giacosa!

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | Written by Camacho Vidal | No Comments

CamachoLast week, New York City’s wine industry was filled with exciting tastings from importers showcasing producers and their portfolios of wine. It’s an exciting time for me as I have the opportunity not only to participate in various seminars to further my knowledge but, on some occasions, I also have the luck to meet and speak with the win makers themselves. I was able to attend a unique and exclusive tasting this week where I tasted some spectacular wines surrounded by beautiful classic automobiles. For example, racy wines were poured and Lamborghini rides were provided with a professional driver. Needless to say, it was an amazing tasting.

All the wines were spectacular, but one wine that really transported me when I tasted it was from the legendary Bruno Giacosa, a third-generation wine maker who bottles wines both from estate grapes grown in the wineries own vineyards and vinified on the estate. These wines bear both labels reading “Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa” as well as “Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa,” which designates wines with grapes bought from other farmers. I picked a pair

Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barbera d’Alba Falletto $77.99

This Barbera is full of juicy red fruit and vibrant acidity. The nose is very aromatic, full of red flowers, blackberries, spices and slight herbal notes. The tannins are full and velvety, and the wine finishes with a nice, lingering tartness. Drink now to 2018.

Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barbaresco Asili $149.99

This wine has a nose full of super elegant, soft Nebbiolo that mingles a touch of raspberries with earthy, herbal notes of sage, cedar and roses followed by currants and red berries. The palate is equally as elegant with rich, silk,y tart tannins that are in harmony with the acidity. Drink 2020-2025.

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