Reading the Labels of Bruno Giacosa The Fine Wine Geek www.finewinegeek.com Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 1 White Labels vs. Riserva Red Labels White Label Its white! Ken Vastola 2011 Maroon Or Red Label
Generally, Giacosa riserva labels have a distinctive reddish maroon color (left). Sometimes the color has more of a brownish tint. In either case, these are often referred to as his red labels. www.finewinegeek.com 2 Vintage Until the early 1980s, Giacosa used separate vintage tags near the neck of the bottle. Starting in 1982 for Barolo and 1985 for Barbaresco,
Giacosa put the vintage in the center of the main label. Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 3 Vineyard Names on Giacosa Labels The vineyard name on single-vineyard wines is always listed below the type of wine (e.g. Barolo) and above the vintage. Note that this is missing on a non-single-vineyard wine.
Note that single-vineyard wines are numbered. Non-single-vineyard wines are not numbered. Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 4 Giacosa Vineyard Names: Barbaresco Giacosa labels his single vineyard wines with the full name of the vineyard including the town of the vineyard with the format: di . Current Single Vineyard Barbarescos made by Giacosa are Asili di Barbaresco
Santo Stefano di Neive Single Vineyard Barbarescos made by Giacosa in the past are Albesani di Neive Gallina di Neive Montefico di Barbaresco San Cristoforo di Neive Rabaja di Barbaresco Rio Sordo di Barbaresco Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 5 Giacosa Vineyard Names: Barolo Giacosa naming format: di . Current Single Vineyard Barolos made by Giacosa are Falletto di Serralunga dAlba
Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga dAlba Single Vineyard Barolos made by Giacosa in the past are Arione di Serralunga d'Alba Bussia di Monforte dAlba (Vigna) Croera di La Morra Ginestra di Monforte Pugnane di Castiglione Falletto Rocche di Castiglione Falletto (Collina or Vigna) Rionda di Serralunga dAlba Villero di Castiglione Falletto Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 6 Giacosa Vineyard Names: Other Grapes Giacosa naming format: di .
Single Vineyard Nebbiolo dAlba: Valmaggiore di Vezza d'Alba Single Vineyard Barbera d'Alba (Superiore): Falletto di Seralunga dAlba Ginestra di Monforte (1974 only) Single Vineyard Dolcetto dAlba: Falletto di Seralunga dAlba Sorano di Treiso (new) Basarin di Neive (no longer) Single Vineyard Grignolino d'Asti: Valdeperno Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 7 Italian Winery Terminology
In Italian, Azienda means business. An Azienda Vinicola is a business where wine is made, i.e. a winery. Casa Vinicola is an alternate term for this. An Azienda Agricola is a farming business. In the context of wine, it is a business where wine is grown and made, a winery that makes only estate-bottled wine. Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 8 Estate Bottlings Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa is located atop the Falletto
vineyard. The labels have this drawing of the vineyard and winery. Starting in 1996, Giacosa bottled his estate wines under the name Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa. This is indicated where you see the world Falletto in gold letters. Current estate wines include: Barolos Falletto Le Rocche del Falletto Barbaresco Asili Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 9 Non-Estate Bottlings
Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa is located in the town of Neive near Barbaresco. The labels have this drawing of the old castle of Neive. Starting in 1996, Giacosa bottled only his non-estate wines under the winery name Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa. These are wines made from purchased grapes. Current nonestate wines include: Barbaresco Santo Stefano Earlier non-estate wines included: Barolo Rionda and Villero Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 10
Estate vs. Non-Estate Base Bottlings Note that this distinction allows us to tell whether the base (non-single-vineyard) bottlings are estate or not. For example, the 1999 Barbaresco is an estate bottling. While the 1998 Barbaresco is NOT an estate bottling. Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com 11
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