2001 Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco, Santo Stefano (RT96+) A total sex machine with its Giacosa signature brown sugar n’ caramel notes taking center stage, which is somewhat surprising given its mere decade of development. I typically expect those characteristics to emerge with a good two decades of bottle age. The more time this spent in the glass, the more alluring it became. Almost irresistible in its appeal and very hard to keep one’s hands off the glass, this just kept getting more and more exciting with time, but toward the end the wine’s structure began to take over with firm tannin and acid making its presence known. Stunning, I liked it a good bit more than the Asili that followed. Drink 2016-2041+