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Producer: Costa di BussiaGrape Varieties: 100% NibbioloOptimum Drinking: Within 2 yearsWine Style: ItalianAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Country: Italy
Enticing savoury and earthy aromas with hints of baked fruit, well styled Barolo in the traditional style, textured and robust.
Since 1988, the Costa di Bussia winery and vineyards have been owned and managed by the Sartirano family. The estate is located in the Bussia region near the village of Monforte d'Alba. It includes 15 hectares of the famous vineyards of ‘Campo dei Buoi’ and ‘Campo del Gatto’, which produce very special and complex wines.
2013 was characterised by a slow start to the vegetative cycle, with low average temperatures in March and April and high rainfall in March and April. Weather conditions improved in June with flowering taking place in the second half of June, followed by good berry set. Good weather continued between véraison and ripening, which helped to rescue the difficult start to the vintage. Positive weather in September and October meant the vines could be harvested when they reached optimum maturity. 2013 was an excellent vintage with well-structured wines built to last.
A good wine comes to life in the vineyard, thanks to the soil's characteristics, the sun's exposure and the weather during the vintage. The area known as Bussia, is a "Cru" recognised in particular for the production of Barolo. The soil is clay and is rich in minerals that are transferred from vines to grape and finally to the wine, elevating it in structure and complexity. The vines are meticulously tended by hand as the steep slopes make it very difficult to use machinery in the vineyards. The bottles produced each year in Costa di Bussia are exclusively obtained from the 11 hectares of vineyard that surround the cellar.
Vinification took place in small fermentation tanks, with delicate pumping over to extract flavour and tannins while oxygenating the wine. The wine was aged for a minimum of 36 months in large Slovenian casks of 5,000 litres. This was followed by a further ageing in the bottle prior to release.
Complex aromas of exotic spice, dried flowers and herbaceous notes are underpinned by deep fruit. An excellent concentration of sweet, smooth tannins envelop the palate though to a persistent, savoury finish.
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