2005 Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva
The 2005 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is shaping up to be one of the great wines of the vintage. The bouquet is classic Barolo to the core – pure rose petals, tar, licorice, orange peel and leather. The 2005 is a wine of contrasts. It is at once powerful yet delicate, rich yet weightless. In other words, it captures all of the elements that make Nebbiolo such a fascinating grape. Both bottles I tasted were spectacular. Within the context of Granbussia, the 2005 isn’t likely to be one of the longer-lived vintages, but it is stunning right now. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. Rated 95+ points
by Antonio Galloni, Issue #200, April 2012
--The Wine Advocate
Cherry, eucalyptus, coconut, Bourbon and tobacco aromas and flavors herald this international-style red, which is fresh and complex, with concentration and power. There are still some tannins to shed, but overall this is balanced and long, with a mineral aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2030. 250 cases imported. –BS
April 30, 2012
(the first vintage of Gran Bussia made with what Giacomo Conterno described as the estate's "new philosophy" on more serious green harvesting and longer skin contact; aged for four years in two 25-hectoliter barrels and slated to be released in 2012 with the 2008 crus): Medium red. Perfumed, high-toned aromas of redcurrant, licorice, marzipan, graphite, menthol and fresh herbs. Suave and vibrant on entry, leaner than the 2007 Cicala that preceded it in my tasting but showing superb cut and energy. Compellingly dense and silky in the middle, with a terrific light touch and a strong savory quality to its red fruit, graphite and menthol flavors. An essence of Barolo in its restrained sweetness, outstanding intensity and tactile, juicy finish. According to Giacomo Conterno, Gran Bussia is from fruit picked at the very beginning of the harvest, 70% Romirasco old vines and 15% each Cicala and Colonello. Incidentally, there's no 2007 Romirasco or Gran Bussia owing to hail. 96(+?) points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Oct 11
--International Wine Cellar
Mid ruby with orange rim. Cool red fruit and hints of oak. A pretty whole. Sweet, fragrant fruit on the palate, which doesn't last perhaps extremely long, but it is certainly a pretty wine. The finish seems just a little dry.
Rated 17/20 - Drink 2009 to 2024
by Walter Speller, October 10, 2012
--Jancis Robinson - www.JancisRobinson.com
Like tasting a young Romanee Conti. This is so sexy and titillating. It just begs you to drink it. Fabulous aromas of roses, rose water, light vanilla bean, ripe strawberries, and flowers. Very, very complex. Full body. It's starts off slowly on the palate and then builds and goes on for minutes with balsamic and fruit. It is really the synthesis of Bussia. It is savory too. The grapes that go into this are selected vine by vine. They come from the oldest and most beautiful vines from Conterno's three vineyards in Bussia of Cicala, Colonello and Rominasco. Production has been reduced to a third of the quantity in the past, or about 3,000 bottles.
by James Suckling, July 19, 2012
--James Suckling - www.JamesSuckling.com
SPECIES OF VINE: Nebbiolo, Michet and Lampia varieties.
INEYARD: Romirasco, Cicala and Colonnelo vineyards (Bussia - Monforte d'Alba).
HARVEST: manual, with grapes selection in the vineyard.
TIME OF HARVEST: mid-October.
VINIFICATION: in wood with maceration of the skins in large Slavonia oak casks.
VINIFICATION TIME: the must remains in contact with the skins for 60 days, during which the alcoholic fermentation is fully completed.
VINIFICATION TEMPERATURES: variable with maximum peaks of 32 degrees centigrade.
CELLAR REFINING: once removed the new wine remains in large Slavonia oak casks where it ages and refines for 32 montha.
NOTES: the Barolo Reserve Granbussia is produced by blending grapes from the oldest vines, from the Romirasco, Cicala, and Colonnello, before fermentation starts, in the following percentages respectively: 70% - 15% - 15%. Naturally these optimal values may vary depending on the year.
The Granbussia remains in the cellar for at least 7 years before commercialization. It is produced exclusively in the best years and in limited quantities.
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