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Two Outstanding Barolo Releases from Antinori's Prunotto!
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.

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!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Lush, Lively Prunotto 2014 Barolo Bussia and 2012 Barolo Colonnello Riserva
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

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Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2014 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2014 750ml
Price: $79.99

While 2014 challenged the Langhe’s winemakers with chilly, wet weather, Prunotto’s ’14 Barolo Bussia is an ethereal, alluring wine that crackles with energy and floats to a lingering, aromatic finish. Crisp red fruits and supple blue berries mingle with exotic spices, hazelnuts, rose petals, underbrush and herbs in this open-knit, creamy Barolo. Fine-grained tannins and lively acidity work together to create a sense of texture and energy as the wine glides to its delicate, drink-me-now close. Deriving from the estate’s fossil-rich, clay-marl vineyard in Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, grapes ferment for about two weeks in temperature-controlled vats; the wine ages for at least two years in casks of various sizes, followed by at least a year in bottle before release. more info
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2012 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2012 750ml
Price: $159.99

2012 saw a ripe, tempestuous year in the Langhe, but it made for a fascinating, multi-layered Barolo Colonnello Riserva from Prunotto. This Barolo bursts from the glass with a mélange of intriguing notes--ripe red and blue fruits, blood orange, cypress needles, worn leather, dried rose petals, tarry earth, and cigar wrapper, to name but a few. Polished, chewy tannins meld seamlessly with the wine’s taut acidity, as copious dry extract finds its match in an ethereal perfume. The ‘12 Barolo Colonnello Riserva feels both restrained and a little exotic, and it holds its drinker in its tensions as it slides to its resonant finish. Deriving from the historic four-acre Colonnello vineyard (Prunotto, owned by the Antinori family, has a 2.5-acre plot), the grapes are partially destemmed, then ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages in cask for around three years, then in bottle for an additional 30 months before release. more info