When it comes to Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2000, Suckling and I agree.

Ringing, brilliant ruby red in color, with excellent intensity and just a light and subtle hint of garnet. Compact, warm, elegant nose, lively and juicy, very open and deep, with juicy and fruity notes of raspberry and currant, speckles of licorice, brush, tar, brandied prunes, wilted rose petal, hints of tobacco, leather and spice. These aromas come together to shape a clean, fine, and vivid sweetness.

Magnificence in the mouth from the first sip! Warm, velvety tannins that caress the palate with their sweetness. Juicy, lively fruit, with impressive depth and excellent articulation, multi-dimensional, rich, flavorful, scanned by a perfectly balanced acidity. The flavors dance to the rhythm of the wine’s elegance, backbone, and the flawless equilibrium of all its components. All together, the flavors give this wine a classically delightful immediacy, making it easy to understand (not a sign of simplicity but rather of complexity and greatness, conveyed and delivered to anyone who approaches this reserve Barbaresco). This wine does not challenge you. It makes feel comfortable as it invites you to interact with it and tells you its moving stories.

With some consternation, I realize that I find my notes to be in perfect alignment with Suckling’s: “Decadent. Starts with wonderfully fresh aromas of sliced plum, cedar, tobacco and meat, then evolves into floral and strawberry aromas. Full-bodied, with ultrafine, silky tannins and gloriously fresh, bright fruit. The refined finish goes on and on. One of the greatest wines ever from Bruno Giacosa. Best after 2008. 1,165 cases made. 98/100.” When it comes to outstanding wines like this (a true masterpiece), it can happen that you find yourself agreeing with those who have diametrically opposed views on wine. Damn, what a Giacosa!

— Franco Ziliani

To read Franco’s entire post on the night this wine was opened and tasted, click here (in Italian).


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