Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label

Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Intense aromas and flavors of cherry, layered with hints of licorice and plum preserves. Balanced and full-bodied on the palate with nicely integrated acidity

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Barbera d'Alba Falletto is a standout wine. With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, this is a classic interpretation of the Barbera grape. The wine is hugely expressive and compelling with blackberry, spice, leather and balsam herb. This wine will not be produced in 2013 because Giacosa had to rip out a portion of the vineyard due to disease. Production will resume in 2014 (but bottle numbers will be cut in half to 6,000 plus 300 magnums).
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Purity is the hallmark of this red, whose cherry, raspberry and floral notes are allied to an elegant frame. This is harmonious and builds to a long, fruit-tinged finish.
JS 92
James Suckling
A silky, fruity wine with wet earth, spice, mineral and berry. Full-bodied, tight and refined with a beautiful licorice undertone. Racy and refined. So beautiful and drinkable. You want the whole bottle now.
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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 unrivalled palate and his intimate knowledge of vineyards in the Langhe quickly drew recognition and helped establish Piedmont as a leading wine region. In 1982, 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. 

The “Azienda Agricola Falletto – di Bruno Giacosa” label represents wines made from estate vineyards. The “Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa” label appears on wines made from purchased grapes that are made with the same care in the Nieve winery.

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An historic village situated right in between the famous regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, Alba is also the name for the larger wine region surrounding the village.

In a sense, “Alba” is a catch-all phrase, and includes the declassified Nebbiolo wines made in Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as the Nebbiolo grown just outside of these regions’ borders. In fact, Nebbiolo d’Alba is a softer, less tannic and more fruit-forward wine ready to drink within just a couple years of bottling. It is a great place to start if you want to begin to understand the grape. Likewise, the even broader category of Langhe Nebbiolo offers approachable and value-driven options as well.

Barbera, planted alongside Nebbiolo in the surrounding hills, and referred to as Barbera d’Alba, takes on a more powerful and concentrated personality compared to its counterparts in Asti.

Dolcetto is ubiquitous here and, known as Dolcetto d'Alba, can be found casually served alongside antipasti on the tables of Alba’s cafes and wine bars.

Not surprisingly, given its location, Alba is recognized as one of Italy’s premiere culinary destinations and is the home of the fall truffle fair, which attracts visitors from worldwide every year.

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Friendly and approachable, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera; those from Asti and Alba garner the most praise. Barbera actually can adapt to many climates and enjoys success in some New World regions. Somm Secret—In the past it wasn’t common or even accepted to age Barbera in oak but today both styles—oaked and unoaked—abound and in fact most Piedmontese producers today produce both styles.

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