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Reading the Labels of Bruno Giacosa The Fine Wine Geek www.finewinegeek.com 1 © Ken Vastola 2011 www.finewinegeek.com
White Labels vs. Riserva Red Labels White Label 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. © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com2 Its white!
Vintage © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com3 Starting in 1982 for Barolo and 1985 for Barbaresco, Giacosa put the vintage in the center of the main label. Until the early 1980s, Giacosa used separate vintage tags near the neck of the bottle.
Vineyard Names on Giacosa Labels © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com4 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.
Giacosa Vineyard Names: Barbaresco 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 2011www.finewinegeek.com5 Giacosa labels his single vineyard wines with the full name of the vineyard including the town of the vineyard with the format: di.
Giacosa Vineyard Names: Barolo 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 2011www.finewinegeek.com6 Giacosa naming format: di.
Giacosa Vineyard Names: Other Grapes 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 2011www.finewinegeek.com7 Giacosa naming format: di.
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 2011www.finewinegeek.com8
Estate Bottlings © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com9 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 Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa is located atop the Falletto vineyard. The labels have this drawing of the vineyard and winery.
Non-Estate Bottlings © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com10 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 non- estate wines include: Barbaresco Santo Stefano Earlier non-estate wines included: Barolo Rionda and Villero Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa is located in the town of Neive near Barbaresco. The labels have this drawing of the old castle of Neive.
Estate vs. Non-Estate Base Bottlings © Ken Vastola 2011www.finewinegeek.com11 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.
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