1996 bruno giacosa, barolo, falletto di serralunga d'alba riserva
Why We're Buying
Bruno Giacosa Falletto Riserva has gone by many names over the years: Falletto Vigna, Le Rocche, Le Rocche del Falletto, and Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba. Despite the various iterations, the quality has remained the same. According to Wine-Searcher.com, critics have scored this nebbiolo has one of the five best wines from the region. It also eclipsed the $400 price barrier in 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1996 Barolo Falletto de Serralunga (Red Label Riserva) possesses extraordinary presence and stature. Dark garnet/ruby-colored, it offers a tight but promising nose of road tar, scorched earth, truffles, blackberries, cherries, and espresso. This muscular, massive wine gave me chills. It is an exquisite, virtually perfect Barolo that requires a decade of cellaring, and should last for 30-40 years. I remember wishing I were twenty years younger when I tasted it prior to bottling ... I still feel the same way. Awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040. (RP)
Bruno Giacosa’s finest wines are defined by haunting inner sweetness and extraordinary perfume. The 1996 has all that, and so much more, starting with a full vibrant red color and tons of intensity. Time has mellowed the tannins to some degree, but my sense is that the 1996 will always remain somewhat brutish in feel. Even so, there is no denying its allure. Readers lucky enough to own the 1996 should be ecstatic. It is one of the world’s truly great, great wines. (AG)