Bruno Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

$899

The 2004 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is off the charts. Sweet roses, menthol, tar, licorice and minerals come together in a sensual, elegant style that recalls Giacosa's legendary 1989 Riserva Collina Rionda, a wine many observers (this one included) place at the top of the hierarchy of all-time legendary Barolos. Ripe, sensual, and utterly spellbinding, the 2004 Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto offers superb elegance and pedigree. At this stage the wine remains surprisingly accessible. Readers will want to taste the 2004 Rocche as soon as possible as it will almost certainly head for a long period of dormancy in the near future. This magical Barolo will likely merit a perfect score in the future. The 2004 Rocche is the last wine Giacosa and former longtime oenologist Dante Scaglione produced together from start to finish and it is an appropriate bookend to a wonderful partnership that yielded so many profound wines... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Fraser McKinley Delectable Pro

This is in a beautiful place - 2004

This is in a beautiful place - 2004

9.5

Michael Heintz Delectable Pro

Slight cherry cola note in the nose, earthy, truffle like, pale tawny color, lean restrained palate, but delicate and beautiful

Slight cherry cola note in the nose, earthy, truffle like, pale tawny color, lean restrained palate, but delicate and beautiful

9.2

Davis Smith Delectable Pro

Sommelier Acquerello

Killing babies

Killing babies

8.8

Manny Abascal

This was a stubborn wine that despite a double decant and an hour in the glass it did not give much until the end. It’s all in there and when it comes out it will be probably the best Wine I have in my cellar. For now it’s white label counterpart is more generous.

This was a stubborn wine that despite a double decant and an hour in the glass it did not give much until the end. It’s all in there and when it comes out it will be probably the best Wine I have in my cellar. For now it’s white label counterpart is more generous.

9.3

Andrew Cullimore

Still ruby center, lightening garnet rim. Some development but still quite deep. On first opening very closed , lots being held back. After an hour and a half in decanter there is a licorice , spice, strawberry and plum fruit, leather and coffee. For me a sign of a high quality wine is how much it changes and evolves in the glass , this evolved a lot, every time I went back to it I could find something new. With still much hidden with amazing depth, already thinking that this is actually slightly a waste to open now, very young and tight , needs years. Excellent fruit in the mouth, lovely sweet tannins also , but very young. Great enormous length. Black plum , spice, tobacco and coffee , black currant also. An outstanding wine, that requires or more correctly Deserves time. However it wasn’t as impenetrable as I had feared.

Still ruby center, lightening garnet rim. Some development but still quite deep. On first opening very closed , lots being held back. After an hour and a half in decanter there is a licorice , spice, strawberry and plum fruit, leather and coffee. For me a sign of a high quality wine is how much it changes and evolves in the glass , this evolved a lot, every time I went back to it I could find something new. With still much hidden with amazing depth, already thinking that this is actually slightly a waste to open now, very young and tight , needs years. Excellent fruit in the mouth, lovely sweet tannins also , but very young. Great enormous length. Black plum , spice, tobacco and coffee , black currant also. An outstanding wine, that requires or more correctly Deserves time. However it wasn’t as impenetrable as I had feared.

9.7

Pepijn Swinkels

Pepper, spices powerhouse. Long live Ahead

Pepper, spices powerhouse. Long live Ahead

9.6

Pepijn Swinkels

Drop laurier smaakbom a live Ahead

Drop laurier smaakbom a live Ahead

9.8

Rajat Parr Delectable Pro

Founder Sandhi Wines & Domaine de la Côte, Evening Lands Vineyards, Seven Springs & Maison l'Oree

The Godfather

The Godfather

9.8

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