January 28, 2020
A Note from Sergio
Barolo abounds with outstanding microclimates, but one of its best is Bussia, an 18-acre swath that curves like an amphitheater. In this sliver of Monforte d'Alba, Aldo Conterno has made world-famous, compelling wines, but this important estate isn't the only player in Bussia. Prunotto, owned for the past couple of decades by the Antinori family, is an old, famed estate, and it's been making cru Barolo for about fifty years. While Antinori's roots in Toscana reach back more than 600 years, the family has been branching out to great success, and today's offer celebrates their achievements in Piemonte.
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Below you'll find the estate's silky, luscious 2014 Barolo Bussia and its ripe yet textured 2012 Barolo Colonnello Riserva. 2014 and 2012 couldn't be more different--the former was rainy, tempestuous and marked by summer hail, while the latter was hot, hot, hot until its temperate harvest. But I've always said that great winemakers make compelling wines in off-vintages, and these two sleeper-vintage Prunotto Barolo wines are terrific. They're genial enough to drink right now, but they have the tannic and acidic verve to age nicely. You can't go wrong with Antinori!
1. Only at IWM: Lush, Lively Prunotto 2014 Barolo Bussia and 2012 Barolo Colonnello Riserva
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events