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2011 Barolo Riserva Bussia
“Cascina Dardi”

A. & G. Fantino

2011 Barolo Riserva Bussia <br />“Cascina Dardi” A. & G. Fantino - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Ladies and gentlemen, lately we have been witnessing one of the greatest runs that the proud Barolo hills have ever known. Alessandro Fantino seems to be at the height of his powers, and the string of Riservas that he has turned out over the past ten years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) are—to my palate, anyway—as good as Barolo gets. The 2011 is a magical vintage that allies the structure of a classic year with the power and concentration of a warm year. You can drink it now (an hour in the decanter is a recommended first step), but we’ll be enjoying this one for many years to come. 

Dixon Brooke

$67.00
Vintage: 2011
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: 14%

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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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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