Barale Barolo Bussia DOCG 2019


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Piedmont, Italy
95 points




As we ascend to Monforte, reaching the pinnacle of Bussia, we encounter the quintessential characteristics of this esteemed terroir. The interplay between acidity and tannins remains faithful to the commune's signature style, offering a spirited and inviting grip. A harmonious blend of vibrant red fruits, delicately intertwined with lively acidity, graces the palate.

Once again, we are treated to a captivating bouquet, accentuated by a profound mineral slate undertone. Hints of blood orange and subtle phenolic nuances add depth to the sensory journey. This Barolo exemplifies the essence of Monforte, proudly showcasing its intrinsic qualities, much like the Monrobiolo. With a few more years of aging in the bottle, we can anticipate this wine to evolve, gain complexity, and reveal a comprehensive expression of the noble Nebbiolo grape.

The Barale family have in fact been at it for centuries and while they are amongst the first recorded producers of Barolo wine, from 1870, they appear in the village register of the early 1600s as owners of parts of some pretty familiar vineyard names; Coste di Rose, Cannubi, Castellero, and Preda. The current custodians, Sergio Barale and his daughters Eleonora and Gloria owe their heritage to the acquisition, over generations, of vineyards in not only Barolo comune, but also in Monforte d’Alba and Barbaresco. By the 1970s the family had brought more Cannubi and added Monrobiolo (in Barolo) and some Bussia (in Monforte) and into the 90s had virtually swapped their long-held Rabaja vineyard in Barbaresco for some Serraboella in Neive planted in 1969. All this covers only 20 ha, with Sergio tailoring his plantings almost precisely only to the best soil and aspect combinations. Virtually the whole of Cannubi was replanted at the end of the 2007 vintage, and although just back in production, it’s with startling results. Vineyards are everything to Barale


95 points
94 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Barolo Bussia is terrific. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2019 possesses tremendous intensity, with a rush of dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol and licorice. A Barolo of brooding power and intensity, the Bussia is an old-school, strapping wine with tons of personality. As good as the Bussia is, its potential here is even greater. This beguiling and complex wine really captures the mystique of Nebbiolo.


Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2038
Food pairing
Braised meats, risotto dishes

Barale Barolo Bussia DOCG 2019

Barale Barolo Bussia DOCG 2019

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