bruno giacosa, barolo, falletto vigna le rocche riserva 2004
Full, deep red. Incredible nose combines red fruits, blood orange, minerals, spices and smoked meat. Sappy, silky and extremely intense yet somehow weightless, with a pristine quality to its fruit and mineral flavors. This saturates every millimeter of the palate with flavor, with the extraordinary rising finish going on for two minutes or more. Again, when I free-associated, the first word that came to my mind was Musigny. There's so much going on in this extremely primary and mineral-driven wine that one is hardly aware of the tannins. I think this will make a compelling drink in just two or three years but will evolve positively for a couple of decades. Giacosa considers this to be his best Barolo of the last ten years. (ST) 98+
This requires aeration to coax out its fragrant floral, cherry and raspberry fruit aromas. Though supple, focused and elegant, it's very firmly structured, with an underlying mineral streak and a long aftertaste of tobacco. Will be a beauty in about five years.
The 2004 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is simply as profound as wine can be. Period. Strikingly layered, perfumed and sensual to the core, the 2004 has it all. Next to the straight Falletto, the Rocche is more refined but also quite a bit more backward as well. Mint, rose petal and melted road tar grace the exquisite finish. The level of intensity here is simply mind-blowing. At ten years of age, the 2004 Rocche is a youngster, but it is clearly a wine of divine inspiration. For readers who look at the numbers, the score is the only possible score. (AG)
I am enamored with the ripeness, spiciness and mushroom character in this wine. This is a big and powerful wine with incredibly chewy tannins and beefy fruit. Think of a house made of bricks.