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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


  • Vintage 2008
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Nebbiolo
  • Appellation Barolo
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • Vineyard 60 years, 8 ha in total
  • Soil Sandy Clay
  • Winemaker Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino
  • 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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