Barbarescos Made by Bruno Giacosa
N = Non-Reserve (white label), R = Reserve ("red" label), X = None Made,
* = something distinctive or qualified about that wine (click on link for more info)
(Before 1980, the red label was officially called "Riserva Speciale").
Please see the notes at the bottom of the page
which include some additional wines and labels.
I have high confidence in the entries in bold font, less for the non-bold.
Clickable entries are linked to a photo of a label for that wine.
If you have a photo of wine that I do not, or you have a better photo than the one here,
and you would like to contribute your photo, please email it to me (kenvastola "at" gmail).
Note that the Rabajà above is a different plot from the Rabajà below
(which is now part of Asili).
Also note that no Gallina or Santo Stefano is produced after this point.
In fact, no non-estate wines were produced after 2011.
See the notes at the bottom of the page for more details.
Notes on Barbaresco Vineyards and Special Bottlings
See my Main Giacosa Page for more general information on the winery
and its history.
Asili and Rabajà I
- In 1996, Giacosa purchased a plot in Asili from Odore who was a member of the
Produttori del Barbaresco
and whose grapes had previously gone into the Produttori's Asili.
- The Asili plot from Odore came with another plot on the border of Asili and Rabajà.
Giacosa bottled this second plot as
Rabajà from 1996 until 2005, except
in 1999 when no 1999 Rabajà was produced because of hail storm damage.
I refer to this plot as Rabajà I.
- 2005 was the last vintage from this plot labeled "Rabajà" by Giacosa.
He continues to own this plot, but new rules put the vineyard in Asili,
not Rabajà. Beginning with the 2007 vintage Giacosa has not been able to
use the name
Rabajà for this wine.
There was talk in the media that Giacosa could use a so-called fantasy name (like
Gaja's Sori Tildin) which is allowed by law. However, they decided not to do that.
So grapes from this parcel either go into the Asili bottling or the base Barbaresco
bottling or get sold off in bulk.
- In 2007, Giacosa made a white label and red label Asili.
According to Antonio, the white label Asili is 80% from the plot formerly
Rabajà, while the Asili Riserva is 100% from the parcel that had
previously been labeled
- More recently, the grapes from the plot formerly labeled
have gone into the Asili bottling (e.g. in 2015) or
into a separate base Barbaresco bottling (e.g. 2014).
Map of Asili and Rabajà Holdings
- In June 2013, Giacosa purchased a new plot in the Rabajà Vineyard.
It is approximately one half hectare (about 1.25 acres) and should produce about 4000 bottles.
I refer to this plot as Rabajà II.
- This plot was owned by Giovanni Alutto who was a member of the
Produttori del Barbaresco.
Alutto's grapes had gone into the Produttori's Rabajà in every vintage up to
and including 2005 in which it was made.
In 2004, Giovanni Alutto died suddenly.
In 2005, his son, Lorenzo Alutto used this plot to start his own winery,
which he named Ca' du Rabajà.
In 2013, Lorenzo sold this plot to Giacosa.
- The winery is very happy with the grapes harvested in 2013, so they have
produced a 2013 Giacosa Rabajà from this plot.
And continuing in subsequent vintages.
This wine is usually released a year later than the Asili when both are non-riservas.
- Here is a map of Giacosa's holdings in Asili and Rabajà that I made
from Google Maps with the help of
Masnaghetti's Enogea Barbaresco map.
- The plot on the left in yellow was always labeled Asili and is still officially
- The plot in the middle in blue is the one I refer to as Rabajà I which was labeled
Rabajà from 1996 until 2005, but is now in Asili.
- The plot on the right in red is the new (iin 2013) Rabajà plot officially in
Rabajà, which I refer to as Rabajà II.
(The plot in orange below that is Alutto's other Rabajà plot,
which is now owned by Bera.)
- Click on the photo for a larger version with caption.
- Original map © Google.
Gallina di Neive
- 1974 was the first vintage for Giacosa Gallina di Neive and 1998 was the last vintage.
According to Wasserman, the grapes came from the Parroco di Neive,
which in 1973 became the
Azienda San Michele,
though they still bottle their wine under the Parroco di Neive label.
(Albesani) Santo Stefano di Neive
- This vineyard, made iconic by Bruno Giacosa, has been owned by the Stupino family of
Castello di Neive
since the 1960s. It was actually known as the Santo Stefano Farm
when the Stupinos bought it, along with the Castle (which is depicted at the
top of the label of most of Giacosa's non-estate-bottled wines).
- The very first vineyard-designated wine produced by Bruno Giacosa was the
1964 Santo Stefano Riserva Speciale.
- Moreover, Bruno Giacosa has said that the grapes for his
first Barbaresco Riserva in 1961
were from Santo Stefano as well.
- In 1996, Santo Stefano di Neive was produced only in a white label,
no riserva was produced.
- In 1998, Santo Stefano di Neive Riserva was produced,
no white label was produced.
- Sadly, 2011 will be the last vintage for Giacosa Santo Stefano di Neive.
According to Bruna Giacosa,
We decided to stop the production of the Santo Stefano
since we did not have the complete control of the vineyard.
I believe that this refers to a change in policy by Giacosa, since as far as I know,
they have never controlled the farming at Santo Stefano.
- Santo Stefano is a sub-vineyard of the Albesani Vineyard.
In recent years, this wine has been labeled as
Albesani Santo Stefano
to reflect this fact and new labeling requirements.
- A Barbaresco labeled as Albesani di Neive was made in 1971.
My guess is that this wine was made from grapes from outside Santo Stefano but
within the larger Albesani vineyard.
Other Vineyards and Bottlings
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