November 22, 2018 - Dekantert 3 t. Moden nese med rosevann, edelt treverk, tobakk og nyper. Jordlig, skogbunn. Mer knytt på munnfølelsen og mindre modning her. Bra struktur og tanniner. Luktet som en 70-talls barbaresco og kunne derfor fremstå noe sliten, men oppførte seg mer rikitg i munnen. Uansett så var dette en skuffende flaske. Vil trolig tørke ut, her er ikke nok frukt til videre lagring. Sparer uansett min siste flaske til 2020+
July 13, 2017 - First bottle of a case purchased on release.
Double decanted for sediment 4 hours before drinking then drunk over two nights.
A cooler and understated nose. Dark cherry fruit, dried roses, and little mint. The nose is beautiful: delicate, intoxicatingly pure, lifted and weightless yet effortlessly intense. On the palate the first night, it is stern and compact. More roses, with a perfume that was the highlight of the wine, while the palate remained focused, a little thin, and lacking palate breadth. It's chiseled, filigree fine, and elegant, with a sense of minerality and fine nebbiolo tannins. It seems to walk the line between classical and at times cistercian proportions. With time the sweetness of fruit opens. More roses, truffle, and violets. It remains restrained and focused, and never really fleshes out. I kept waiting and hoping it would fan out, but it did not happen. Consistent on day two with a little less perfume and a little more flesh but less palate gain than it lost on the nose. A wine that teased and challenged me, I kept hoping for more, and while it was an outstanding bottle of wine, it was not a great bottle of wine. Certainly not a pleasure bomb, but it is still lovely, thoughtful, restrained nebbiolo drinking at peak. 90pts.
February 5, 2017 - 3 hour slo-o. Sadly if this bottle is any indication, the wine is in decline. Aside from an earthy bouquet the fruit is muted and the mid-palate is kinda funky with very little finish. Drink up if you have any is my advice.
May 1, 2016 - Terribly corked. Ouch.
November 30, 2015 - Second bottle of this wine within one week (the first being our first night in Piedmont, last week, at San Marco in Canelli). This second bottle comes on smooth, supple, with brown fruit tones. This needs air to open and sweeten, but Stuart opened this at about 1am on a Monday night and I could not stay to see it improve, although Stuart advises that it did get better. Stuart's apartment, Brooklyn.
November 25, 2015 - Begins highly aromatic, with a nose that seems older than 1999. Jonathan notes some maderization initially, but it blows off. Deep core, lots of dark cherry, smells like a mature Nebbiolo with lots of delicate, earthy nuances. Gains in sweetness over dinner and loses any maderization notes. Jonathan gets coffee notes, and says that at the end, this took on weight. Of the three Giacosas on the table, this is the most gentle and feminine; it doesn’t have the power expected of a ‘99.
At restaurant San Marco in Canelli, Thanksgiving in Piedmont 2015.
September 29, 2014 - Nose allmost non-eksisting, muted, and a little off. In the mouth, it was ok, red fruit, a little tannic, but not in a bad way. Grew a little doing the hours, but much less than hoped/expected. Not a big wine in any way...
July 27, 2014 - Very enjoyable. Dried cherry on the nose and palate. Tannins had faded but were certainly still present. Great acidity and balance. The wine had an almost creaminess ... or smoothness. Long finish. Has time left in it. Really enjoyed it.
May 25, 2014 - Couleur très pâle.
Très évolué avec pas mal d'acidité.
Vin qui n'a pas fait l'unanimité mais je l'ai beaucoup aimé.
Je lui ai trouvé un charme décadent qui faisait qu'on avait plaisir à revenir y goûter.
February 21, 2014 - Dinner at HSA (Østerbro, Copenhagen): Mature, balanced, quite light - and somewhat short, when you see the label; acidity is bright, there is tar, small red berries, txt book notes, but one is missing that little bit extra, that would put this in the exceptional bracket. had a really tough time next to the Monfortino.