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2008 Barolo Bussia Riserva “Cascina Dardi”

A. & G. Fantino

2008 Barolo Bussia Riserva “Cascina Dardi” A. & G. Fantino - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
My, how I have looked forward to this moment. Given the extended length of time that Barolo ages in cask before it is released, I have the opportunity to taste the wines over three or four years before they are finally bottled and sold. This grand wine impressed me from the first taste. It has been a lot of fun to follow its evolution over the years, and I have been impatient for its ultimate release. After all, drinking it promises to be a lot more fun than tasting it.                  

It has evolved very slowly and is even more impressive now. The Fantinos were clearly excited about the vintage because they produced a lot more Riserva than they usually do. We have had the privilege of selling small quantities of their 2004, 2006, and 2007 Riservas while awaiting this glorious release.                    

What follows are a number of my impressions of this wine over the years. You will want to go extremely LONG on this mesmerizing Barolo. It will provide decades of pleasure and excitement.

Incredible nose, poised, fresh, preciso, thick, sweet, saucy, very smooth tannins, offers a lot of pleasure right now.

Beautiful color and nose, bright red, loaded with spices, sumptuous, sweet fruit, decadent.                    

Big thick tannin, herbal infusion, like a blend of Barolo, Nepas [Nebbiolo Passito], and Chinato [Barolo blended with herbs and spices].

Sempre un dolce in boca. Super-fresh. A young buck.
–Dixon Brooke
$67.00
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barolo
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: A. & G. Fantino
Winemaker: Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino
Vineyard: 60 years, 8 ha in total
Soil: Sandy Clay
Aging: Aged in large oak barrels for 5 years, then in bottle for 12 months
Farming: Sustainable
Production: 3,800 cases
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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