This shows a lot of freshness for a 2012 with red cherries, dried red plums, dried roses and tar. Full body, juicy tannins and a flavorful, medium-long finish. Great fruit and acid balance, as well as a mouthwatering aftertaste that lingers. Drink in 2020.
Aromas of black-skinned fruit, new leather, tobacco and a whiff of mint mingle together on this full-bodied wine. The savory palate delivers black cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2021–2029.
The 2012 Barolo Riserva Bussia is an attractive, midweight wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Silky tannins and nuanced, spiced aromatics offer considerable appeal, while hints of sweet tobacco, cedar, game, dried cherry and licorice add intrigue to this understated, subtly persistent Barolo from Livia Fontana.
The Bussia Riserva from Livia Fontana is just now starting to show its stuff, but it won't be at its peak for several years. $40 off per bottle on the wineries most limited and prized bottling. We love the fresh and clean red fruit aromas with flowers and spice meeting earthy tobacco and crushed stone. The palate is concentrated with flavors of raspberry and black cherry, candied anise and hints of tar. It has the intensity and length we look for in good Bussia with the telltale minerality of this amazing vineyard.
About the Producer
The Livia Fontana estate consists of a central nucleus in Castiglione Falletto and nine hectares of vineyards located primarily near the winery in Castiglione Falletto and in the Bussia area of Monforte d’Alba where nebbiolo for Barolo, barbera and dolcetto grapes are grown, and in the nearby Roero area where the white grape arneis is obtained.
The Fontana vineyards permit the production of well-known single-vineyard Barolo crus such as Villero and Bussia. The vineyards combine young vines with older ones, some of which date back to 1938. Over time the estate acquired new parcels and, even more importantly, steadily augmented the quality and the attention for the caretaking of this privileged earth, attentive cultivation practices, and respect of the vines so as to obtain wines in harmony with the resources of the earth.
The results of the estate of Livia Fontana are bottles which are selected by consumers because of the quality of the product but also for the chosen philosophy of a winery that has always given preference to integrated pest management, manual processing in the cellar, and a great attention to and respect for the environment.