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2016 Giacomo Fenocchio, "Bussia" Barolo

Special Price $54.95 was $69.00
Per Bottle on sale
Merchant's Picks
96

“Big-time Barolo!”

"2016's Are Not Just Epic, They Are Career-Defining Wines." Antonio Galloni

By David Gettenberg

You may find a Barolo of comparable quality, but it will be north of $100 a bottle.

Bussia is a small, hilly cru within Barolo.  It is regarded as one of the three most prized crus along with Cannubi.   

In 2016, Fenocchio produced a knockout Bussia from its tiny five-hectare parcel. 

Bussia is known for producing some of the biggest and richest Nebbiolos.  In lesser vintages, Fenocchio's Bussia has been a Top 100 Wine.  In this vintage, it is breathtaking!

Balsamic aromas with dried rose petals - the initial aromas are intoxicating.  Wild cherry and baking spice intermingle with fresh-cut leather, cedar, clove, and hazelnut - these secondary elements will captivate you.  Notes of plum, fresh tobacco leaf, and raspberry tart are framed by robust tannins that offer terrific grip that lasts for minutes!

Throughout Europe, 2016 was outstanding!!! 

Piedmont in particular overdelivered in 2016.  "For many growers, the 2016s are not just epic, they are career-defining wines."  Antonio Galloni

Let this big-time Barolo breathe if you plan on enjoying it now; thirty to forty minutes should do just fine.  Also, set some down in your cellar and watch it evolve with amazement over the next 10 - 15 years.  

Feel free to pair with meat, game, and aged cheeses.  

Enjoy!

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Press & Tasting Notes
95

“One of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Fenocchio.”

Vinous • 95 / 100

"The 2016 Barolo Bussia is a wine of tremendous character and complexity. Virile and layered, with tons of depth…One of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Fenocchio."

94

“Crushed berries, walnuts, dried flowers and smoke.”

James Suckling • 94 / 100

"Aromas of crushed berries, walnuts, dried flowers and smoke. Full-bodied with tight, solid tannins and a beautiful, persistent finish. Promises a lot on the nose."

93

“Aromas of new leather, rose, camphor and forest berry.”

Wine Enthusiast • 93 / 100

"This full-bodied red offers aromas of new leather, rose, camphor and forest berry. Firmly structured, the tight, focused palate offers dried black cherry, orange zest, licorice and tobacco set against a backbone of assertive tannins and bright acidity. Give it time to unwind and fully develop."

More Information
  • Producer: Giacomo Fenocchio
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Piedmont
  • Subregion: Barolo
  • Varietal: Nebbiolo
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W6350-4