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Giacomo Fenocchio 'Bussia' Barolo 2017
$61.33 $46.95
Wine Enthusiast 96
"Rose petal, crushed herb and woodland berry aromas mingle with hints of forest floor and vanilla. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the delicious palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe cherry, licorice and wild herb before closing on a salty note. Noble tannins provide firm support. Drink 20272032"

James Suckling 95
"Ripe strawberries and flowers on the nose with hints of iron. Full-bodied with round tannins that are very velvety and flavorful. Lots of juicy fruit. Wonderful  ... read more
we 96 js 95 vm 94
Size: 750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #41816
Location at store: 109d
Item Description
Wine Enthusiast 96
"Rose petal, crushed herb and woodland berry aromas mingle with hints of forest floor and vanilla. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the delicious palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe cherry, licorice and wild herb before closing on a salty note. Noble tannins provide firm support. Drink 20272032"

James Suckling 95
"Ripe strawberries and flowers on the nose with hints of iron. Full-bodied with round tannins that are very velvety and flavorful. Lots of juicy fruit. Wonderful length. Needs three to four years to come together. But impressive. Try after 2024."

Vinous Media 94
"The 2017 Barolo Bussia is elegant, layered and mysterious, all of which make it incredibly appealing. Black cherry, spice, licorice, menthol, pine and espresso all open effortlessly in the glass. Deceptively light in its mid-weight structure, the 2017 delivers tons of flavor intensity and character. There is so much to like. -- Antonio Galloni"

The Wine
From 6 hectares of vines in Bussia
70 40-year-old vines and 30 15 year-old
40-day skin maceration
Aged 6 months in tank and 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling
2000 cases produced annually

The Estate
Among my favorite Barolos are those from Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Fenocchio, Burlotto and Cavalotto.Claudio Fenocchio is a master at crafting classic Barolos that beautifully express their pedigreehis noninterventionalist approach in the cellars ensures that their individual terroirs shine through From the terrace of his house and cellars on top of the hill overlooking his Bussia Sottana vineyards, Claudio demonstrates how small the entire Barolo growing zone really is: two hills over to the left of his Bussia vineyard is Cannubi, while on the right, the next hill over is Villero. The altitudes for all are pretty much the same300 meters for Bussia and Villero and 280 meters for our vineyards in Cannubi. Kerin OKeefe, Barolo and Barbaresco

Five generations of Fenocchios have been producing wine from their holdings in Monforte dAlba since 1894. Most of the production was sold locally up until 1964, when the ambitious and energetic Giacomo Fenocchio took over the estate. In his quest to make the finest wines in all of Barolo, he purchased prime parcels in Cannubi and nearby Castellero, but his focus was always on what he liked to call the heart of the Barolo area, the Bussia.

In April of 1989, Giacomo passed away, leaving his young son Claudio to take over all farming and winemaking duties for the estate. As Claudio explains it, it was a challenging time for Barolo. Many producers were pushing a new way to make Barolo, and having great commercial success; but Claudio never strayed from the path of tradition. He continued producing his wines with the time honored techniques of the classic style: organic farming, with long fermentations on the skins and aging only in large Slavonian oak casks. Today Claudios wines exhibit a level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers. If youre looking for the next star winemaker in Italy, look no further. In October of 2014, The New York Times rated Fenocchio in second position in a tasting of 2010 Barolos coming behind only Elio Altare and ahead of Elio Grasso, Massolino, and Vietti. Claudio now manages 14 hectares of vineyards in Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and of course, the Bussia of Monforte. Total average annual production is about 8,000 cases.

With prices that frankly do not come close to approximating the astronomical quality of the wines, its painfully obvious that Fenocchio should be on the radar of Barolo lovers everywhere.

Farming Practice:Sustainable
About Giacomo Fenocchio
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.

Farming Practice:Sustainable
Giacomo Fenocchio
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