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Giacomo Fenocchio, Barolo Bussia, 2016


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Claudio Fenocchio (son of Giacomo) is one of those unsung heroes who makes traditionally-styled Barolo but remains in the shadows of the superstars like Rinaldi or Mascarello. He is just as dedicated to his farming and he makes wine in the same non-interventionist fashion, aging his wines entirely in large Slavonian casks.

What stands out about Fenocchio is his terroir precision. Unlike Bartolo Mascarello, where Maria Teresa blends all her grapes into a single Barolo cuvée, Fenocchio likes to produce cru-specific wines. Tasting through his line-up, we are always stunned at how the characteristic of each vineyard jumps out.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"The 2016 Barolo Bussia is a wine of tremendous character and complexity. Menthol, lavender, black cherry, graphite, cloves and leather all open up in the glass. Virile and layered, with tons of depth, the 2016 Bussia has so much to offer. A few years in the cellar will help the tannins soften, but the 2016 is already quite expressive. It is also one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Fenocchio." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 91
"As one of the largest crus in the appellation, Bussia is a vineyard of many faces and many expressions. The 2016 Barolo Bussia is redolent of dark fruit, black cherry and tilled earth. Like the other wines in this flight of new releases, this Barolo is short on the small details and long on the broad-brush aromas. Instead of focus, you get a slightly obscured approach. I'd suggest a pairing with a succulent cut of red meat." -Robert Parker


D 92
"Claudio Fenocchio's largest site for Barolo is Bussia in Monforte, where his vines have an average age of 35 years,. He opts for long macerations and traditional ageing in casks. The nose is dense and reserved, with exuberant sour-cherry fruit. It's lush but burly, very tannic and powerful, with assertive and chewy tannins. It may be somewhat one-dimensional but it certainly shows force and personality. Very long."

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"Cherry compote, earth, tea and iron flavors are channeled by bracing acidity and refined tannins in this racy red. It's firm and ends with tobacco and spice notes. Fine balance and length overall."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"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."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this 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


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  • Vintage


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  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Tannic

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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