bruno giacosa, barolo, falletto 2011
WINE ENTHUSIAST
95
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

2011 bruno giacosa, barolo, falletto

Why We're Buying

In 1980, Bruno Giacosa purchased the Falletto estate, a 13-hectare plot in the hills of Serralunga d'Alba. He considered it the best place to produce world-class Barolo. He wasn't wrong. More than four decades later, the red wine retains its character and value as well as ever.

Critics Scores

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

One of the most balanced and impressive Barolos from the hot 2011 vintage, this opens with alluring aromas of mature black cherry, tobacco and spice. The smooth, full-bodied palate abounds with ripe raspberry, juicy strawberry, chopped herb, clove and cinnamon alongside firm but polished tannins that give the wine a silky mouthfeel. Drink 2018–2031.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2011 Barolo Falletto is a beautifully balanced and determined wine. It spends 30 months in oak and this warm vintage is already showing a quick bottle evolution. This was an early vintage: Fruit was harvested on September 23, which is ten days before average. It shows soft, luscious lines and ripe fruit favors that are both generous and opulent. Yet, there is a healthy crunchiness and crackle in the mouth that makes for a long aging future ahead. Barolo Falletto closes with pretty aromas of dark fruit, spice and shaved truffle.

WINE SPECTATOR
93

Wine Spectator

The cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors are reserved and almost ethereal in this elegant, lacy red. The tannins accumulate on the finish, where licorice, earth and tobacco notes join in. Best from 2019 through 2036.

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

The subtle and complex aromas are mesmerizing here in this famous Barolo with strawberries, red roses, citrus and fresh walnuts. It's full-bodied yet reserved and beautiful with an incredible backbone of firm and composed tannins that form a gorgeous tannin line to the wine. It's so silky textured with incredible depth of fruit and a long, long finish. Savory and structured at the same time. This needs five to six years to soften and come together. Better in 2020.