The 2013 Barolo Bussia Colonnello is the most ethereal and delicate of the Bussia series of wines. Fruit is sourced from a portion of the Bussia vineyard that is located closer to the village of Barolo (one kilometer away) than it is the village of Monforte d'Alba (five kilometers away). The sandy soils found here make for softer and tamer tannins especially when compared to the other parts of Bussia. The bouquet opens to aromas of blue flowers, spice, wild berry, licorice and white truffle. This is a softly nuanced and finessed Barolo made with fruit from 45-year-old vines.
Monforte d’Alba. Five weeks of skin contact and aged for 29 months in 25-hl Slavonian oak barrels.
Lustrous mid ruby with narrow orange rim. Enticing, powerful yet fresh and deep cherry nose. Powerful sandy tannins with a layer of ripe cherry fruit. Very long, fresh, full and tannic. Beautiful fruit with huge tannins. (WS)
Brilliant, rich ruby with a fine garnet sheen. Rich, concentrated nose, smells intensely of ripe dark cherries and ripe raspberries, orange peel and cinchona bark in the background, multilayered. Round and smooth on the palate, shows a lot of sweet texture in the front, berry fruit, unfolds with dense tannin, long finish.
Menthol, pressed rose, iris, woodland berry, chopped mint and a whiff of oak-driven spice take center stage. It's still tight, with youthfully assertive refined tannins but it also boasts layers of red cherry, raspberry compote, cranberry, licorice and vanilla alongside bright acidity. Thanks to its age-worthy structure, you'll need patience for this one.