2000 Bruno Giacosa Barolo- Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (5/18/2012)
At first quite light and airy, and a little shy. With a short decant, this rounds out nicely. A supple and softer Barolo, but with excellent focus and purity to it. Roses, perfume and tar, on the more refruited side of Nebbiolo and with a softness that belies its reasonable structure. Blind I may have called a warmer vineyard Barbaresco. This is drinking nicely with a short decant. Initially fine tannic grip that over time clamps down a bit on the back end. While I am sure this will hold, it is in a pretty good place right now. Not a barn burner, but very enjoyable nonetheless. 90 pts (90 pts.)
I think this bottle showed as it should have. For me at least 2000 has been a forward vintage. I recently decided to pop a few of my 2000s based on AGs recent revisit TN’s on the 2000s. I think it is a giving and supple vintage and this wine is drinking well.I won’t pull the trigger on my 2000 red labels yet unless I get a wild hair. I’m just going to drop in and taste a few of the more solid producers wines over the next couple months and see for myself, as I tend to enjoy more development (age) on wines than most. That said, a recent G Rinaldi le Coste was very good with some air. I’ve also liked several cru Barbareschi from middle road producers. I think is a good vintage to passively enjoy the pleasure of, while I let the 99 and 01 bookends sleep.