2010 BARALE BUSSIA BAROLOSergio Barale
Producer: Sergio Barale
Grape: Nebbiolo 100%
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Zone: Monforte d’Alba, Barolo DOCG
On the edge of Barolo village, just a few metres down and across the cobblestones of the via Roma from Mascarello, is the unprepossessing cantina frontage to one of the most exciting discoveries in my many years of going to the Langhe. It's not as though Barale just emerged, but gradually these firmly traditional wines have reached a point where now they are being made to the full potential of this family's remarkable vineyards and their confident and traditional style is now being fully appreciated. It’s no exaggeration to say that the quality of these wines has surprised a lot of people.
Tasting note: Still tight, young and nervous, the 2010 Barolo Bussia Sergio Barale is aged in large oak casks like Barale’s other top Barolo expression. That slow oxidative process, combined with the extraordinary quality of the 2010 vintage has produced a classic Barolo that will endure in time and promises a long evolution ahead. In general, fruit from the Bussia cru tends to be more robust and structured as evidenced here. The wine’s garnet appearance is vibrant and bright and the finish boasts energy and verve. You can still feel the wine’s silky imprint minutes after swallowing. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Sandy
Production: soft crushing of the grapes with de-stemming; static fermentation in oak casks with indigenous yeasts selected from our vineyards; maceration for about 30 days, frequent basting of the skins.
3 years in medium sized (15-30 hl) French oak barrels with the minimum amount of racking necessary. Further maturation in demijohns for the Reserve selection. No filtration or chemical stabilization before bottling. Bottle aged for at least 12 months.
Alcohol (%) 14.5%