Bruno Giacosa, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2017

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One of the highlights of this year’s releases, Giacosa signed one of the most accomplished wines of the 2017 vintage. The vineyard certainly help, Rocche del Falletto being one of the most energetic and captivating sites in the whole Langhe. Open and complex, with some layers of dry herbs and flowers, the nose is overlaid with cherry fruit and orange peel. A classical structure of firm and grainy tannins and a nervy tension signed the perfect balance of this unique wine. Drink from 2025 to 2065.

Nebbiolo is the grape used in Piedmont's most important DOCGs: Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. Barbera, a dark-skinned variety, is responsible for a growing number of superlative wines, labelled as Barbera del Monferrato, Barbera d’Asti or Barbera d'Alba.

Piemonte, in the north-western corner of the Italian peninsula, sits at the foot of the Western Alps, which encircle the region to the north and west. Its seasons are very distinctive: hot, dry summers, cold winters, and temperate springs and autumns are common with occasional fog during harvest time. Located in north-west Italy, surrounded by the Alps, Piedmont means literally “foot of the Mountain” in Italian. .

The richness and elegance of Piedmontese wines go perfectly with the rich and creamy cuisine typical of Piedmont, with meat and risotto at the heart of every menu, not to mention the most notable ingredient, the white truffle (tartufi bianchi). Piedmont has the highest percentage of quality wines in the whole of Italy. It is home to some of the most robust, long-lived wines of the world, many of which are specific to Piedmont and have not excelled anywhere else in the world. The wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are two of Italy’s best. Like fine Bordeaux and Burgundy, these Nebbiolo wines age very well.