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Name

Vintage

Rating

Date

94 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 94 Points – Wine Spectator

An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032.

98 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 98 Points – Wine Review Online

Once in a while I get a chance to taste a wine that shows me something I've not experienced before in the most positive way imaginable. The Asili is such a wine -- at its young age, it shows absolutely explosive aromas of cherry, fresh cut orange, powder, candied raspberry and mixed spice, all just as clear as a cathedral bell. The palate is just starting to show the promise of the nose, with a firm grip and dry earth minerality up front now, but the promise is solid as a rock. Riveting wine!

96 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 96 Points – James Suckling

This has superb elegance and depth to it. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a wonderful length. Exquisite tannins. All about class this year. Grows on the palate. The quality of the tannins! Drink or hold.

95 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 95 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Red rose, iris, perfumed berry and baking spice emerge on this stunning, vibrant wine. The elegantly structured palate offers crushed raspberry, juicy red cherry, cinnamon and chopped herb while fresh acidity and polished tannins provide a bright, elegant framework. Drink 2018–2027.

94 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 94 Points – Vinous

The 2012 Barbaresco Asili is the finest wine I have tasted from Bruno Giacosa since the 2007 vintage. A bright, beautifully translucent red, the 2012 Asili captures the essence of this great site in its perfumed aromatics, silky fruit and understated depth. Hints of orange zest, rose petal, cinnamon and pine are laced into the resonant, alluring finish. Already quite open and expressive, the 2012 should drink well for the next decade or so. Giacosa fans will find much to admire in the sexy, open-knit 2012 Asili. This is a tremendous showing, and one of the very best 2012s readers will come across.

94 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 94 Points – Wine Spectator

Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer.

93 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Asili Barbaresco – 93 Points – Wine Spectator

Enticing flavors of cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and underbrush mark this elegant, firm red. Tightly wound for now and just hinting at the future. Best from 2018 through 2030.

95 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 95 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Rose petal, perfumed berry, new leather, pressed powder and underbrush are just some of the enticing scents you’ll find on this stunning wine. The structured palate is loaded with finesse, offering crushed cherry, black raspberry and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. This is the firm’s last vintage of Santo Stefano, and they nailed it. Drink 2017–2026.

94 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 94 Points – James Suckling

A wine with silky tannins and pretty bright fruit of strawberries and sliced plums and hints of flowers. Full body, fine tannins and a wonderful clarity. Lovely length of fruit. This is the last vintage of Santo Stefano for Giacosa after many decades of success. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Try in 2016.

93 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 93 Points – Wine Spectator

Graphite, floral, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors abound in this firm, muscular red. Stays bright and focused, with a chewy, savory finish. The last vintage of Santo Stefano under the Giacosa label. Best from 2016 through 2025.

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 93 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Medium with a hint of amber.  Highly complex, scented nose combines red plum, cherry, strawberry, clove, medicinal herbs and a hint of orange zest.  Intensely flavored, juicy and tightly wound, with lovely cut and definition to the red fruit and spice flavors.  Very concentrated, tactile wine whose firm tannic spine will require at least several years of cellaring.  Finishes with terrific lift.

91 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 91 points – Wine Advocate

This 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is on the market since February and has had ample time to flesh out over the last six months of bottle aging. The wine opens to a light garnet color and immediate fruit tones that veer towards the jammy side with sun-dried strawberry and raspberry. It shows a good level of freshness and acidity to counter the warmer tendencies of the bouquet. The tannins deliver a smooth, silky quality and the wine starts to show pretty aromas of wet earth and black truffle after a few minutes in the glass. Drink: 2015-2030. It has been famously reported now that Bruno Giacosa did not make wine in 2010. If you ask his daughter Bruna why this legendary estate would skip such a promising vintage, her reply is simple: “Sometimes you need to follow your heart.” Like the 2006 vintage that was passed over because it marked the same year that Bruno suffered a massive stroke, the family has similarly private reasons for wanting to skip directly from 2009 to 2011. It’s a hole they chose to leave. In other news, the Giacosa family bought a tiny parcel in Rabaja (half an hectare) and plans to release 4,000 bottles of the inaugural vintage in 2013.

90 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Albesani Santo Stefano Barbaresco – 90 points – Vinous

Bruno Giacosa's 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is gorgeous. Rose petals, sweet red berries and mint are some of the notes that waft from the glass. Silky, polished and quite striking, the 2011 is already open and super-expressive. Considering the warm, precocious vintage and the southern exposure of Santo Stefano, I expected a bigger, more powerful wine, but the 2011 is all about finesse. My impression is that the 2011 will offer its best drinking earlier rather than later. There is plenty to like here.

88 points

2014 Coppo L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti – 88 points – James Suckling

A bright, fruity red with sliced-plum and peach aromas and flavors. Medium body, clean finish. Crisp aftertaste. Drink now.

88 points

2014 Coppo L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti – 88 points – Wine Spectator

A vibrant, intense version, featuring boysenberry and pomegranate flavors integrated with the solid structure. Moderate length. Drink now through 2018.

88 points

2013 Coppo L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti – 88 points – Wine Spectator

The candied cherry and raspberry flavors are matched to a supple texture in this expressive red, balanced by light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

87 points

2013 Coppo L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti – 87 points – Vinous

The 2013 Barbera d'Asti L'Avvocata is a fresh, vibrant wine to drink now and over the next year or two. Sweet red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon all burst from the glass in this joyous, easygoing Barbera from the Coppo family.The 2013 Barbera d'Asti L'Avvocata is a fresh, vibrant wine to drink now and over the next year or two. Sweet red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon all burst from the glass in this joyous, easygoing Barbera from the Coppo family.

95 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano – 95 points – Wine Enthusiast

Rose petal, perfumed berry, new leather, pressed powder and underbrush are just some of the enticing scents you’ll find on this stunning wine. The structured palate is loaded with finesse, offering crushed cherry, black raspberry and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. This is the firm’s last vintage of Santo Stefano, and they nailed it. Drink 2017–2026.

94 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano – 94 points – James Suckling

A wine with silky tannins and pretty bright fruit of strawberries and sliced plums and hints of flowers. Full body, fine tannins and a wonderful clarity. Lovely length of fruit. This is the last vintage of Santo Stefano for Giacosa after many decades of success. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Try in 2016.

93 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano – 93 points – Wine Spectator

Graphite, floral, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors abound in this firm, muscular red. Stays bright and focused, with a chewy, savory finish. The last vintage of Santo Stefano under the Giacosa label. Best from 2016 through 2025.