Robert Parker 95
The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) is a full and generous wine that wraps thickly over the senses. The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke. There is an evident sense of fruit ripeness here that helps to build momentum and staying power. Clay soils in the vineyard site have also helped to contribute to the heft and full-bodied nature of this special wine. The finish is characterized by mild acidity and lingering flavors of ripe fruit. The opulent fruit of the wine recalls the 2007 and 2004 vintages.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040
Giacosa’s 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili is soft, open-knit and quite approachable. A bit light in color and also slightly advanced, the 2011 gives the distinct impression it will be a relatively early drinker. The flavors are ripe and slightly roasted, but the 2011 avoids being heavy. The 2011 Asili Riserva is a solid effort from Bruno Giacosa, but it lacks the inner sweetness and visceral thrill of his best wines, the Red Labels in particular.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026