Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (Red Label) 2016
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Bruno Giacosa
Country: Italy Region: Piedmont
Grapes Varieties: Nebbiolo
Classification: D.O.C.G. Production: 11176 bottles
Alcohol: 14.5% abv Packing: Original Wooden Case of 6 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JS=100 This is really muscular and really powerful. It is amazing. Full-bodied, yet tight and super structured with incredible power and super toned tannins. It goes on for minutes. The greatest Barbaresco ever from here? I love the strength with fruit finesse. I don’t remember tasting a young Asili like this. Give this a lot of time to come together. One for the cellar. Try after 2026.
WA=97+ Packaged in its distinctive red label, the 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Asili is a rich and profound wine with incredible depth and dimension. Bruna Giacosa skipped over the 2015 vintage because she felt that the fruit was not poised for long ageing. From the 2014 vintage, we jump to this 2016 expression, a wine that Bruna says reminds her of the epic 2001 and 2004 vintages. She also loves the 2017 vintage, which I look forward to tasting next year. This wine is incredibly precise and sharp; however, the volume and generous fruit weight promise a long ageing future. The aromas veer toward red berry, cherry and cassis, and the darker black fruit tones that you might expect are less prominent in the Asili. The wine majestically captures the elegance and the power of this iconic vintage. Production is 11,000 bottles, 1,500 magnums and 200 Jeroboams.
WS=97 This is rich and dense, yet also racy, evoking cherry, plum, tar and eucalyptus flavours, with a thread of mineral underscoring it all. Shows fine length and intensity, and there's ample fruit to match the spine of tannins but needs time. Best from 2025 through 2045.