Giacosa Verticals: All Asili Riservas & All Falletto/Rocche del Falletto Riservas
@ Del Posto Restaurant, NYC (10/27/2013)

Mannie Berk and The Rare Wine Company put on this amazing dinner, one of the greatest of my life. A complete vertical of Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1967–2007 was followed by a complete vertical of Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva 1971–1996 and Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2000–2008.

Le Rocche del Falletto is the upper-center of the Falletto vineyard and was the primary source of grapes for the Falletto Riservas before Le Rocche was bottled as a separately named vineyard starting in 1997. Much more information on the Bruno Giacosa Winery and its wines can be found on my Fine Wine Geek Giacosa Pages.

The guest of honor was Bruno's daughter Bruna who brought the younger wines (since 2000). The older wines were provided by Rare Wine Co.

The food was the best I have had at Del Posto and very well matched to the wines. I was assigned a seat with a delightful group of people including Bruna herself. Photos of the people at my table are near the bottom of this page.

All the wines were opened around 5pm and double-decanted between 5 and 5:30. The dinner started around 6:30 and lasted till about 10pm.

For each image, I have posted a compressed (and possibly cropped) version. Click on it to see the original, much larger image.

The Wines: Asili Riservas in the front, Falletto and Rocche del Falletto Riservas in the back.

For writing tasting notes. The photo of Bruno Giacosa was taken by Mannie Berk in 1988.

The Menu and
the Flights.
Bruno's daughter Bruna spoke briefly
about her father & his wines.

Flight 1: Barbaresco Riserva Asili 2007-2000
Truffled Beef Carne Cruda with Parmigiano Reggiano & Watercress.

Flight 2: Barbaresco Riserva Asili 1967-1996 & Barbaresco Riserva 1961
Veal & Pork Agnolotii dal Plin.

Flight 3: Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto 2008-2000
Vacca Rossa Risotto.

Flight 4: Barolo Riserva Falletto 1996-1989
Broiled Veal Chop with Veal Speck, Smashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts & Barolo Fondo.

Flight 5: Barolo Riserva Falletto 1971-1986
Chef's Selection of Artisanal Piemontese Cheese:
Gorgonzola, Robiola, Pecorino Foglie di Noce.


An unforgettable experience. These wines are so great. There is a reason that Bruno Giacosa is known as Il Maestro.

Notes posted from CellarTracker.

People Photos

Kate and Frank sat to my left.

Bruce, Bruna, and Ed sat across the table.

Ed and Matt.

Ed and Matt.

Bill, who brought the 1961 Riserva, visits with Bruna.

Mannie visits with Bruna.

Here is Bruce Sanderson's post on this dinner in his Wine Spectator blog.



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