Prunotto Barolo Bussia

Prunotto Barolo Bussia

Prunotto Barolo Bussia is a wine that has managed to evade me over the last 3 years. Prunotto is a highly respected company, the Barolo Bussia is a Tre Bicchiere super star of Italian wine and yet I have never tasted this wine. Even though the great grandpappys of Italian wine own Prunotto (Antinori) it has still managed to pass me by. I’ve seen it, I’ve picked it up, I’ve played with it but only this week did I actually purchase a bottle. So last night I thought it was about time to break my Prunotto duck and see what all the hoo haa is about.

Prunotto Barolo is always talked about in terms of value. These Barolos are steady 90-94 point efforts year on year but the prices, even in the best vintage, even in this magnificent 2004 vintage, rarely go over the €50 mark. Like all Barolo wines this comes from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, this particular Barolo comes from the Bussia vineyards in Monforte. The 2004 vintage saw the wines aged in majority new french oak with some second year barrels for a smaller proportion of the wine. Fancy!

Yadda Yadda Yipp – Did it make me happy?

Yes actually it was pretty lively but I was reminded once again to stop popping young Barolo. Even though the Vajra of last Friday was 2001, just those 3 years make a difference but clearly both should be left far longer than this. However, like any crime, if you have to commit infanticide at least do it with some gusto. This wine is no where near its potential but still it’s a great bottle of wine and if I do feel the need to rob a Barolo of its wine destiny I will probably pick on Prunotto again!

Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2004BUY – €45
Brick red colour in the glass flowing to the rim. A generous aromatic nose, lots of cherry, floral notes, plum and a hint of chocolate. Full bodied yet soft and luscious mouth feel, exceptional acidity, clearly present but soft tannins and a very long finish. Drinking really well today but don’t do it. 93 Points

Bargainous! This is another case of a wine that you will get the most enjoyment from if you buy 12 and open one year on year. Wine evolves like nothing else, this is what makes it so interesting, so debatable and at times, so frustrating. It’s great fun to taste through the same vintage year on year, however, I’d still wait till 2012 before you even begin your experiment! Someone has to do this for me, I want to know that one person will buy 12 bottles of this wine and every year come back to me and tell me all about it. Of course I could do it myself but I’m already in danger of serious picklization*

Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans - Enoteca Lucantoni - €46
Americans – No 2004 Vintage showing yet. Loads of 2001 options
Brits – Everywine – £37
Australians - Stephen McHenry carries the 94! – AU$110

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Words and wine have always had a strained marriage. What words are in your wine vocabulary that are not exactly textbook? Show me your super freaky side.

*Picklization is not a real word. Pixelization is though, very soon I will be in real danger of that too but more on that next month.

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8 thoughts on “Prunotto Barolo Bussia

  1. Prunotto’s 2004s are already available here in Ontario, so it’s definitely available in the US. Whomever imports Antinori into the US will also handle these wines.

    For an interesting contrast in Prunotto’s wines, compare the pre-Antinori era with when Beppi Colla was involved. I think the handover occurred somewhere around 1995. I’ve had several vintages of the Barolo Bussia going back to 1996 (having tasted it many times, it’s still quite young), and even a now defunct label of Barbaresco Montestefano back to 1990.

    The Bussia is consistently solid stuff, but their base label Barolo is nothing sneeze about either (at least in strong vintages such as 2004).

    Those in the US should easily be able to find 2004 Barolo and 2005 Barbaresco at this point. 2004 Brunello will be released starting May 2009.

    As the Ontario market is always more than a little behind of the US, 2004 Barolo and Barbaresco are just starting to trickle through the system, although I have been able to place orders for some directly from importers, as well as for 2005 Barbaresco in select areas.

    Living in a monopoly system is a real pain in the ass sometimes. And no, I’m not talking about the colour of our money, either!

  2. One other thing, I’ve been less convinced of Prunotto’s Barbaresco, be it the normale or the single-vineyard Bric Turot label. Stick with the Barolo here.

  3. I tried the Prunotto actually in Italy last month and agree that it is a sterling wine. I would certainly like to buy a case and try year on year for you but only if you’re buying.

  4. I felt bad about opening the 1998 last week so can not imagine your sorry. Was very nice though reached a good part of its drinking curve.

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