Leading Piedmont producer Bruno Giacosa has revealed that it will not be bottling its top reds from the 2010 vintage.
While the vintage is not due to be released until 2014, the Giacosa family has already decided that there will be no 2010 Barolo or Barbaresco from its estate.
Giacosa’s daughter, Bruna, told Wine-Searcher: “2010 was a good vintage but my father did not appreciate them enough to bottle them.” The wine has been sold as bulk to other cellars, she revealed.
This is not the first time that Bruno Giacosa has downgraded his wines and sold them in bulk: he claimed the 2006 vintage was nothing special, lacking in "nose, typicity [and] structure." His decision sparked anger among other local producers, who claimed that their 2006 wines were high in quality and that Giacosa's comments would damage sales.
While the 2010 vintage has yet to be assessed by critics, high-profile producers in Barolo, including Aldo Conterno, have announced that they are happy with the quality of the 2010 vintage. They report that severe crop thinning ensured ripeness and concentration.
The summer of 2010 was cool and wet followed by a warm, dry September, with a relatively late harvest starting in mid-October.
The overall impression of the 2010 vintage in Piedmont is that it was good but not great. After attending this year's annual Nebbiolo Prima tasting, Wine-Searcher’s Italy contributor Kerin O’Keefe described the 2010 Barbarescos as a “classic vintage with the structure for laying down and mellowing.”
The 2013 growing season has also been variable. “We had a cold and rainy spring, the summer has very high temperatures alternating with rains, but fortunately we have not had any hail up to now,” said Giacosa.
“At the moment it seems to be a good vintage, but we will be more precise at the beginning of September,” she added.