• Alessandro E Gian Natale Fantino Cascina Dardi Bussia Riserva Barolo 2009 93+

    Alessandro E Gian Natale Fantino Cascina Dardi Bussia Riserva Barolo 2009

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    93+ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    It's a mouthful, but one that you're going to want to try. Aged 5 years in oak, and then another year in the bottle, the Alessandro E Gian Natale Fantino Cascina Dardi Bussia Riserva Barolo is ready to drink now and beautifully food-friendly. The winery has a small production, much careful attention and time is lavished on each of their wines. And if that isn't enough, the Dardi location of grapevines is particularly disposed to yielding stunning Barolos. Enough about that. Decant your first bottle for an hour or so while you get the tortellini of duck confit, raisins and pignoli ready. Careful; the combination could cause swooning... Keep in mind that Barolos are not big, bold wines. They are a bit more subtle, elegant and sophisticated, so should be paired with like dishes. Fennel-dusted sweatbreads with root vegetable puree comes to mind. A lean filet mignon, grilled, with Bearnaise sauce is another delicious choice. This lovely Riserva goes amazingly well with truffles, so if you're feeling flush, make a big bowl of egg noodles tossed with butter and shaved truffles. With options like this, you may not have room for a last course, but if you do, make it an Italian Grana Padano. Mangiamo winelovers!

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous :  "The 2013 Barolo Bussia Cascina Dardi is a super-appealing, old-school Barolo that is going to require a number of years to be at its best. Deceptively medium in body, the 2013 possesses quite a bit of aromatic nuance and depth, but at present the tannins dominate. Scents of dried herbs, tobacco, leather and licorice open up over time, but only gradually. Readers should be prepared to be patient. Drinking windown: 2019 - 2033." Oct 2017

    Importer Notes: "It is as sumptuous and silky a Barolo as you are ever likely to taste—the ripe Nebbiolo fruit is generous and abundant. Two brothers, Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino, farm eight hectares in the heart of the historic Bussia cru north of Monforte, one of Barolo’s most famous areas for producing wines of great longevity and finesse. The Fantino holdings are concentrated exclusively in the “Dardi” section of Bussia, a hillside with perfect southern and southeastern exposure in the geographic center of Bussia, giving a deep color and rich fruit to their wines.

    Barolos from Bussia tend to have deep color and rich fruit and while they don't lack the classic tannic structure of Nebbiolo from this part of the world, they are not nearly as hard as the Barolos from the southside of Monforte or from Serralunga. This fact does not preclude the Fantino Baroli from aging but makes them delightfully approachable relatively young. The Fantinos are also blessed with some of the oldest vines in the entire Barolo zone, thanks to the fastidious care given to them by Alessandro and Gian Natale. Planted in 1946 and 1947 and pruned in an old style that is very labor intensive, they produce grapes that would be the envy of any Barolista."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork         
    Varietal 100% Nebbiolo
    Alcohol 
    ~14.0%
    Aging 60 months in large oak barrels; 12 months further refining in bottle
    Region Barolo, Piedmont, Italy