Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 (750ml/12)
About Poderi Aldo Conterno
Poderi Aldo Conterno belongs to an elite group of historical Barolo producers who have truly shaped the history of winemaking in the Langhe. The essential resource the Wine Atlas of the Langhe writes: “Gran Bussia is universally acknowledged as one of the finest interpretations of Barolo. Created in 1970 from a selection of the estate’s best grapes, Gran Bussia – released only in the best vintages – has shown how it is possible to achieve a perfect marriage of aromas and flavor with unhurried ...New York, New Jersey, California, Massanois Imports
Aldo Conterno’s Barolo Bussia is produced from five hectares of prime vineyards in Bussia Soprano, the original section of what has become a rather large vineyard in recent years. These five hectares are spread across three separate parcels with vines averaging 35-40 years old, with no vines younger than 20 years old. Fruit from vines younger than 20 years old will never be used in Barolo, but will go into the Nebbiolo Favots. The grapes were left in contact with their skins for a full 30 days, after which the wine was aged 27 months in 25 HL casks. True to the Conterno commitment to extreme quality, which is achieved through aggressive green harvesting to ensure that only the best bunches achieve optimal ripeness, they produced just 19,000 bottles of Barolo Bussia 2013 rather than the 39,000 bottles they could legally produce based on legal limits.
Wine Advocate"It may be a so-called entry level Barolo, but the 2013 Barolo Bussia definitely delivers the goods. Fruit is sourced from three separate points within the larger Bussia cru. These sites are characterized by clay soils with southeast exposures and approximately 25-year-old vines. The quality of fruit is very intense and defined with dark cherry and dried blackberry. Yet the mouthfeel is ethereal, light and buoyant. Keeping in line with the vintage, the tannins are firm and slightly rigid. However, they are well absorbed by the exuberant nature of the fruit. The wine's personality is reminiscent of the Barolo Bussia Cicala." -Monica Larner
Wine Enthusiast"Young but already impeccably balanced and extremely elegant, this vibrant wine offers alluring scents of pressed rose, red berry, dark spice and a whisper of menthol. The firmly structured palate delivers cherry, juicy cranberry, licorice and crushed herb framed bright acidity and taut, noble tannins." —K.O.
James Suckling"This shows a beautiful complexity of ripe fruit such as cherries as well as orange peel undertones with lemon and pineapple highlights. Medium body and well-defined tannins." - James Suckling, July 2017