2001 Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco, Asili (RT94) Where the 2001 Santo Stefano showed accessibility to its decadent fruit, the 2001 Asili starts off in an awkward place, showing absolutely none of the elements that made the Santo Stefano so attractive. A bit stern and showing mostly mineral and structure; with time in the glass its bright, firm red fruit begins to emerge with notes of chalkiness making it to the front. While the purity of fruit is impressive, I can’t help but think we didn’t quite catch this youngster in a not-so-showy mood. Still, there is great potential here, just keep this living in the cool shadows of your cellar until at least the early 2020s. Drink 2021-2041+