Remembering Bruno Giacosa
"When I met Bruno Giacosa the first time it was the beginning of the 1990s, and he had just turned in a succession of profound wines that, for the most part, proved to be legendary," remembers Robert Parker. "His Barolos and Barbarescos from 1978, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1990 were—and remain—some of the finest expressions of Nebbiolo ever produced. We meshed well, not easy given his Jimmy Stewart (who he physically resembled as well) like stoic and quiet demeanor and my very American exuberance. I wrote a very long time ago that if there was one wine producer I would buy year in and year out without ever first tasting, it was Bruno Giacosa."
The wines of Bruno Giacosa will be remembered for their precision, power and elegance. Just three days before his death, I drank the white label Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (pictured left) along with other Italian icons. The bottle served as a beautiful reminder of the towering status of Bruno Giacosa among the very best of Italian wine.
"His contributions to Italian wine and his beloved Piedmont are beyond measure," adds Robert Parker. "I am honored to have met him, shared his wines, and remain in naked awe of what he achieved. It wouldn't surprise me if God were learning the glories of Nebbiolo from the MASTER. Rest in peace."
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