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Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva 1990

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

First impressions on the nose are of a touch of heat a bit of VA, and a roasted edge to the classic floral, fresh leather and cinnamon tones, there is a note of mustiness which increases before fading and a general sense of a lack of freshness, not so much on it's own but in comparison with it's younger breathern. This starts of, not surprisingly, tough and tannic with an edge of caramellato, roasted plum fruit and bitterness to the tannins. The bitterness hightens the impression of licorice but the palate is a bit muddled and indistinct across the middle though the finish shows fine balance and detail. The palate gains a bit of meatiness and with substantial time in the glass gains more sweet, red cherry fruit and hot asphal though there is something lacking for me here as the wine has great depth and body but not much complexity. That of course is picking flyshit out of pepper as my Mother might say as on an ordinary night this would be WOTN but tonight pales in comparison. Some of the issue is the character of the 1990 vintage which biases me against this wine but I also think there might have been something slightly off here.

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Varietal: Nebbiolo
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Bruno Giacosa:
The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langa and Roero regions and vineyards cultivated with loving care. It continues with pure, meticulous vinification, with ageing in grand oak barrels and with unforgettable Reserves. But it also includes, naturally enough, the choice not to bottle those mediocre vintages deemed unworthy of vinification. Bruno’s art encom... Read more
The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langa and Roero regions and vineyards cultivated with loving care. It continues with pure, meticulous vinification, with ageing in grand oak barrels and with unforgettable Reserves. But it also includes, naturally enough, the choice not to bottle those mediocre vintages deemed unworthy of vinification. Bruno’s art encompasses passion and clear judgement but, above all, the utmost respect for his product, its admirers and for the beautiful countryside where he and his family were born and raised. The Azienda Agricola Falletto Winery comprises twenty hectares of vineyards within the Serralunga d'Alba, La Morra and Barbaresco areas. The vine growing and wine making processes are followed through with care from beginning to end, culminating with vinification and ageing within our cellars in Neive. Some of our wine is produced with grapes grown by those farmers who have always worked our winery and whose prestigious vineyards truly deserve the ‘Bruno Giacosa’ label. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,947
4.50 5
09/22/2008

First impressions on the nose are of a touch of heat a bit of VA, and a roasted edge to the classic floral, fresh leather and cinnamon tones, there is a note of mustiness which increases before fading and a general sense of a lack of freshness, not so much on it's own but in comparison with it's younger breathern. This starts of, not surprisingly, tough and tannic with an edge of caramellato, roasted plum fruit and bitterness to the tannins. The bitterness hightens the impression of licorice but the palate is a bit muddled and indistinct across the middle though the finish shows fine balance and detail. The palate gains a bit of meatiness and with substantial time in the glass gains more sweet, red cherry fruit and hot asphal though there is something lacking for me here as the wine has great depth and body but not much complexity. That of course is picking flyshit out of pepper as my Mother might say as on an ordinary night this would be WOTN but tonight pales in comparison. Some of the issue is the character of the 1990 vintage which biases me against this wine but I also think there might have been something slightly off here.


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
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5.00 5
05/23/2012

This wine was everything I ever wanted in a glass of Barolo. It was sweet yet sour, earthy yet fruity and rich yet with razor-like focus. The nose showed masses of ripe red berries with hot dried spices, gravelly moist earth, mushroom and hints of green stems. On the palate, this showed silky, sweet, ripe strawberry yet it also had a savory warmth, full with earth, menthol and leather strap on a beautifully structured frame. It was amazing how young the Collina Rionda seemed as silky tannin washed across the palate and soothed me into a long, seductive finish that begged for the next sip.



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