1999 Giacosa, Barolo, Le Rocche del Falletto (RT98) A perfect contrast to the 1997 Gaja Sperss, juxtaposed in style with its clear contrast of precise elegance, fresh fruit, and the utmost in winemaking focus. Those who are familiar with this wine will recall the rumors around the lack of producing a Red Label Riserva in this superb vintage not being a lack of quality fruit, but rather the need for Bruno Giacosa to generate cash quickly, as he was acquiring cash-draining vineyards at the time. Thus, this wine was produced as a White Label Classico rather than his longer aged Red Label Riserva. Yet the premier quality remains spellbinding with its bright notes of focused red raspberry, red cherry, soaring menthol and notes of dried lavender, cedar and penetrating minerality. The palate is gorgeous, packed with power-driven ripe fruit, bright fresh acidity, and sweet, structured tannins. I’ve followed this wine since it was released, and this is by far the best bottle yet. Yet I can’t help but wonder if there’s still a bit more to give with continued cellaring? Only time will tell. Drink now-2039+