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Falletto Barbaresco
Asili 2005
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The inimitable Bruno Giacosa does not make trifling wines.  As a perfectionist and traditionalist, this 'Genius of Nieve' crafts stunning wines hailed as the Italian FIrst Growths. The 2005 Asili bottling is no exception to the reputation of this towering giant's oeuvre.  Red berries, roses, potpourri, and spice box scents, so aromatic and elegant, matched in grace by an ethereal mouthfeel that resonates forever.  This wine epitomizes perfect harmony and consummate balance, qualities that can only be imbued by a brilliant producer such as Giacosa.

95 Points - Wine Advocate!
"The tannins are so finessed and elegant it is hard to actually perceive them on the palate. Here too, the wine shows awesome inner balance and poise. Sweet raspberries, flowers, roses and spices are just some of the nuances that emerge from this incredibly delicious, promising Barbaresco."

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  95 - Wine Advocate!
93 - Wine Spectator!
93 - Stephen Tanzer!
93 - James Suckling!
UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Nebbiolo
GRAPE: Nebbiolo
REGION: Piedmont
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2005
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
A Nebbiolo Dry Red Table wine from Italy, Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Review by Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate # 179 (Oct 2008)
Rating: 95
Drink 2013 - 2025
Cost: $116-$245
Giacosa’s 2005 Barbaresco Asili is noticeably rounder, sweeter and denser than the Santo Stefano. It shows remarkable balance and harmony in an incredibly pure, graceful style. The tannins are so finessed and elegant it is hard to actually perceive them on the palate. Here too, the wine shows awesome inner balance and poise. Sweet raspberries, flowers, roses and spices are just some of the nuances that emerge from this incredibly delicious, promising Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025. My May visit with Bruno Giacosa was significant in many ways. It was the first time in many years that the recently departed, long-time oenologist wasn’t on hand to lead the tasting. At the same time, Giacosa appeared to be in higher spirits than I have witnessed in previous recent visits. Oftentimes change can be invigorating, and I certainly hope that will be the case here. New oenologist Giorgio Lavagna has his work cut out for him, but I can only wish him the very best. As for the wines, we spent several hours surveying all the 2005s, 2006s and 2007s from cask, after which we re-visited several of the 2004s from bottle. The 2004s confirmed their stature as masterpieces, yet Giacosa fans will delight at the prospect of a number of potentially outstanding wines in the pipeline. The 2005 Barbarescos have always shown tons of harmony and elegance from cask, so I was happy to find the wines just as outstanding from bottle. Although there are no Red Label Riservas from Giacosa in 2005, the wines display remarkable quality across the board. The rest of the line-up is solid as well. A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620
By Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
Winery: Bruno Giacosa
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Region: Piedmont
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 09
($250) Medium red. Sexy nose combines redcurrant, raspberry, dried rose and tobacco. Shows an almost candied sweetness in the mouth, but with a burst of harmonious acidity behind it. Finishes with fairly powerful, granular tannins and lovely floral persistence. Elegant and scented Barbaresco: I like this style. 93 Points
By Wine Spectator
BRUNO GIACOSA Barbaresco Asili 2005
Score: 93
Release Price: $250
Current Auction Price: $120
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Issue: Dec 15, 2008
This is delicate at first, but then turns to a solid, tannic and structured red, with loads of plum and light toasty oak. It's all on the finish. Give this time to show what it has. Best after 2013. 1,000 cases made. -JS
By James Suckling
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili White Label
Score: 93
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Vintage: 2005
Date: May 29th, 2012
Lovely fruit showing off ripe berries and sweet strawberries. Full and round with velvety tannins with a long rich finish. Delicious now but I suggest waiting until 2014 to get the most out of this wine.
By Bruno Giacosa
Barbaresco Asili DOCG
Technical Details
Vintage: 2005
Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Asili Vineyard
Acidity: 5.4
Aging Container: French Oak Barrels
Alcohol: 13.50%
Elevation: 1000
Estate Founded: 1871
Exposure: Southwestern
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Fermentation Temperature: 86
First Vintage: 1960
Harvest Time: October
Length of Aging Before Bottling: 30 months
Length of Bottle Aging: Several Months
Length of Maceration: 23
Number of Bottles Produced: 3000
pH Level: 3.5
Residual Sugar Grams Liter: 1.3
Soil Composition: Clay, sand
Total Acreage Under Vine: 37
Training Method: Guyot
Vines/Acre: 1219
Vineyard Area: 10
Year Planted: 1967-1972
Dry Extract: 26.7
Wine Description
Made from 100% Nebbiolo from the prestigious Asili vineyard. This clayey, sandy and south-west facing parcel yields only 1.2 tons per acre, an extremely low yield for the area. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak for 30 months to obtain greater elegance and finesse. This singe-vineyard Barbaresco is also aged several months in bottle to ensure optimal enjoyment upon release from the winery.
Tasting Notes
On the nose, this wonderful Barbaresco offers rich aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry, cedar, chocolate, truffle, and resin. Big, thick, and ripe, yet elegant and refined, this wine has a juicy acidity that is backed up by several layers of rich fruit. 
Food Pairing
Recommended with roasted or grilled red and white meats, barbecued sausages, game and veal casseroles. Also delicious with medium-aged and sharp cheese.
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