A Barolo in Old El Paso

4 December 2011, 100 Jane Street, Manhattan

My favorite producer is Bruno Giacosa – his Barolos and Barbarescos always have a uniquely earthy and fruity taste that made me start loving Nebbiolo.  This past Sunday, Diane suggested that we make some tacos, Old El Paso style with some lettuce, tomatoes, beans, rice and other fixings.  Along with Nard and Manoj, we cooked up a simple feast.  It had been a while since we had a bottle of Giacosa so I decided to open up a Barolo (decanted about 2 hours before dinner and run through a Vinturi):

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

As a pre-dinner exercise, we decided to do a quick tasting and take notes.  Nard’s were later soiled by taco filling remains but the other notes are listed below:

Manoj: Clear, pale purple.  Clean nose – herbal/earthy notes.  Light body, blackberry with medium length.

Diane: Clear, pale garnet.  Clean pronounced nose of blck fruit, black currant, spices, cloves and minty eucalyptus.  The earthy taste had hints of cedar-wood, spices and black fruit.  Well balanced acidity with a medium to long finish.

Tony: Clear, pale garnet.  Leathery, meaty aroma.  High acidity and tannis with a medium body and long finish.  An incredible wine with great aging potential.

*** 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba, $140

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One thought on “A Barolo in Old El Paso

  1. Delicious wine!
    I believe we rated this one a 93. Community-wise on cellar-tracker, this wine was awarded 93 pts as well.

    Note from Robert Parker: 94-points: “The 2001 Barolo Falletto displays a more deeply colored, rich translucent ruby color. It opens with a sweet, balsamic nose of spices, oak, and minerals, and is packed with layers of deep, dark fruit that gradually open to reveal themselves on a big, strapping frame, with outstanding length and a beautiful note of freshness to cap off the finish.

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