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Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del 'Falletto'

 

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del 'Falletto' di Serralunga d'Alba:
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Bruno Giacosa’s Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba is one of Piemonte’s most iconic Barolos, acquiring the esteemed stature of Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino and Aldo Conterno’s Granbussia virtually upon its 1997 vintage debut. Le Rocche del Falletto constitutes a small plot of Giacosa’s Falletto cru, situated at the vineyard’s apex. This special delimited area of clay and calcerous soils contains the cru’s oldest vines, the source of Giacosa’s Falletto Riserva bottling prior to the individual vinification of Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba. While it often appears to be a very light, thin wine, this visual dimension belies Le Rocche del Falletto’s incipient depth, which it reveals in the tight, muscular character of its youth.

Bruno Giacosa is often typecast, regarded as a pure, unwavering traditionalist and ranked with the most respected producers of Piemonte’s traditional guard, including Bartolo Mascarello and Giacomo Conterno. While his wines certainly exemplify the classic style of Barolo in their characteristic leanness and restraint—a reserve that is the essence of their trademark femininity and stirring aromatics—he is not absolute in his approach, operating in a state-of-the-art winery and utilizing stainless steel. Giacosa produces his cru bottlings only in vintages that qualitatively support such expression; wines that fail to realize established standards are declassified and sold as Nebbiolo or remain unbottled. Given his stringent parameters, it is of interest to note that while Giacosa was initially wary of bottling the 2003 Le Rocche del Falletto, his perspective has changed demonstrably, and the 2003 Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga’s amplified finesse and nuanced depth wholly validate his decision to bottle the cru.

In general, Le Rocche del Falletto’s vinification regimen entails an extended maceration of 30 days; aging transpires in French oak for approximately 30 months, followed by three years’ refinement in bottle.

 
Wine: Barolo
Producer: Bruno Giacosa
Varietal(s): Nebbiolo
Region: Piemonte
Province: Alba
Commune: Serralunga d'Alba
Vineyard(s): Falletto
Altitude: 438 meters
Exposure: Southwestern
Classification: Barolo DOCG
First Year: 1997
Case Production: 950-1,200


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