2000 Giacosa~Barbaresco Riserva~Asili (RT 98) I bought nearly a case of this on release, back in the days when a purchase from the now defunct Premier Cru meant you were getting it at the lowest imaginable price. In this case $130/btl. Today this wine trades on average at $600-plus/btl. The price being driven by the combination of small production, stunning quality and the reputation of Bruno Giacosa as a brand to own by worldwide collectors. SO’d for the day, then served directly from bottle. This beauty has turned the corner and is now showing superbly, with an eye-catching ruby garnet hue. Scents of classic dried red berry, marzipan, spicy brown sugar and an array of dried florals emerge as the bouquet morphs continuously, showing multiple dimensions. The palate is exquisite, with a mouth coating richness, perfectly measured acid and impeccably ripe, sweet tannin that combine to create a kaleidoscope of perfection. A superb example of what makes the wines of Bruno Giacosa so captivating and arguably worth every penny they trade for. You are sorely missed Bruno, RIP brother! Drink now – 2035+