1998 Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco, Asili (RT94+) 1998 was a considerably hot vintage, arguably as hot as any in the decade in Piedmont, resulting in countless wines that show cooked and roasted fruit. As time has worn on, this damage has become increasingly evident. Like a few of the masters, Bruno Giacosa harvested at the right time and ended up with wines that show well, all things considered. This light, russet-garnet hued wine shows aromas of dried cherry compote, red currant, faded rose potpourri, sappy balsam, and hints of hazelnut-laced minerality. The palate shows a fruit core that freshens up with time in the glass, while the acidity buttresses things nicely and the ripe tannins provide an excellent closure. This has likely reached its peak and has begun a long holding period in its current state. Drink 2018-2033+ Tasted October 2018