bruno giacosa, barbaresco, asili 2001
Bright plum and cedar character, with loads of underlying ripe fruit and rose. Full-bodied, with fine, silky tannins and a wonderful balance of fruit, cedar and plum. A subtle wine that needs time to develop in the bottle.
Fascinating aromas of game, tobacco, flowers, eucalyptus and wild mint. Sweet, superconcentrated and fine-grained. Combines an almost extreme sweetness for Giacosa Barbaresco with terrific acidity and compelling inner-palate perfume. This really reverberates in the mouth! A wonderfully sweet, silky wine that finishes with a firm tannic spine
Giacosa’s 2001 Barbaresco Asili graces the palate with dried rose petals, sweet tobacco, incense, smoke and orange peel. Just entering the early part of its drinking window, the 2001 is utterly mesmerizing in the glass. It is a bit more tannic than the 2007. At this stage, I would let the 2001 develop more complexity in the cellar. The Giacosa Asili is a wine best tasted young or with a decade plus of bottle age because the years between those stages can be a bit awkward. Still, the 2001 is magnificent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Barbaresco Asili impresses for its gorgeous inner sweetness and inviting, round fruit. The 2001 is pure Asili, but it has begun to shut down mightily over the last 1-2 years. Still, it is impossible to miss the pedigree of what is in the glass.