Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 25684
Wine Enthusiast 97
WE TOP 100 2017 Rank 21
"Rose, iris, wild berry and baking spice aromas merge with scents of new leather and a balsamic menthol note on this stunning and classically crafted Barolo. The structured polished palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, pipe tobacco and licorice framed in tightly knit noble tannins and bright acidity. It's going to just keep getting better and better over the next few decades. Drink from 2023 through 2053."
International Wine Review 94
"This lovely Barolo crafted by winemaker Claudio Fenocchio, offers aromas of cherry, raspberry and tobacco. Sourced from a 5 ha parcel of mostly old vines in Bussia Cru in Monforte, the wine is macerated 40 days and aged 30 months in Slavonian oak. Silky and perfumed on the palate, this wine is about ready to drink and will provide years of drinking pleasure."
From 5 hectares of vines in the Bussia, 70% of which are 40 years old, 30% of which are 15 years old. After 40 days of maceration, aged 6 months in tank and 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks.
Traditional method of long maceration: natural fermentation without added yeasts for 40 days in stainless steel tanks
6 months in stainless steel tanks, 30 months in large capacity Slavonian oak casks (35-50 hl) and a successive maturation in the bottle
The color is deep garnet red and the bouquet is fine and pleasing, with intense scents of spiced rose and licorice. The flavor is dry, warm, full bodied and balanced with pronounced tannins and a persistent aftertaste. A wine particularly adapted for aging
The Barolo Bussia, with its structure and body characteristics, pairs well with dishes of meat, game and aged cheeses, typical dishes of the local cuisine, as well as with many rich international dishes
Five generations of Fenocchios have been producing wine from their holdings in the heart of the Bussia in Monforte d’Alba since 1894. Most of the production was sold locally up until 1964, when the ambitious and energetic Giacomo Fenocchio took over for the estate. His goal was to make the finest wines in all of Barolo, so he purchased prime parcels in some of the best crus in the Langhe – including Villero in Castiglione Falletto and Cannubi.
Today, Giacomo’s son Claudio has taken over winemaking duties for the estate, continuing his father’s tradition of making pristine wines from the greatest vineyards in Barolo. Use whichever word you want, minimalist, traditionalist, non-interventionist, – all that matter is that Claudio’s wines exhibit a level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers. If you’re looking for the next star winemaker in Italy, look no further. Just recently, The New York Times rated Fenocchio number 2 in a tasting of Barolos – coming behind only Elio Altare and ahead of Elio Grasso, Massolino, and Vietti. Claudio manages some 7 hecatres of vineyards in Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and of course, the Bussia of Monforte. Total average annual production is about 3,000 cases.
With prices that frankly do not come close to approximating the astronomical quality of the wines, it’s painfully obvious that Fenocchio should be on the radar of Barolo lovers everywhere.