bruno giacosa, barolo, falletto 2014
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: My pals, who casually know me, think that my I spend most of my dining time with Cabernet Sauvignon. What they don't know—like many of my peers—I often reach for the Nebbiolo, which can often reach almost unobtainable heights of greatness. The 2014 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo is an outstanding wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine is omnipotent in so many ways, yet stays refined and classic. Its aromas and flavors reveal a multitude of nuances, including black fruits, leather, earth, and savory spices. Pair it with a spit-roasted leg of lamb accented with rosemary and garlic. (Tasted: March 5, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
Impressive fresh leather-clad red cherries with a subtle earthiness in the background. Quite pure. Floral and aromatic. The palate has a very elegant yet powerful core of blueberries and cherries. A smooth release of fruit sweetness into the fresh and vibrant finish. Elegant and classic. More open than normal. Impressive now but better from 2022.
The picture of elegance, this Barolo is nonetheless steely and solid. Delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors ride the chalky texture, while vibrant acidity and well-proportioned tannins drive the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine was made in 2011 and 2012 but not in 2013. The 2014 Barolo Falletto (white label) is fascinating to taste right after the Barbaresco Riserva Asili from the same vintage. There is no doubting the extra muscle mass and power that is obtained in the Barolo appellation, and from the Serralunga d’Alba township specifically. This dramatic Barolo delivers darkness and density. It shows a beautiful appearance with faint highlights of dark ruby that add a subtle sparkle. At this point in its drinking cycle, the wine shows all the characteristic traits of its youth. This means it is more closed and rigid at present. That nervous tightness needs to be factored in when assessing the cellar longevity of this vintage. Hints of the wine’s inner complexity, sheer determination and textural fortitude are already bubbling up from deep inside this firmly layered Nebbiolo. I wanted to mention the tightness of the tannins now. These will undoubtedly serve to carry this wine forward over the coming decades.