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Barolo Riserva 2008, Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino, Cascina Dardi-Bussia


Alessandro and Gian Natale have been working together since 1998 to build their family winery. All of their grapes come from their own 8 hectare vineyard in the Dardi cru of the Bussia vineyard area. This is a wonderful vineyard with south and southeastern aspects, giving the grapes plenty of sunshine and time to ripen. 

Their Baroli are not hard and unapproachable, rather they have power with elegance, mid-weight structure and delicious drinkability. 

This is a pale looking wine, with violet floral notes, truffle accents, savoury cherry and cranberry fruit and a firm tannic structure that will let it age for many, many years. 

Antonio Galloni gives this 95+/100:

The 2008 Barolo Riserva Bussia - Cascina Dardi is shaping up to be a real jewel. Exquisite balsamic-inflected aromatics meld into a core of dark fruit. Slender and nuanced, as most wines are in this vintage, the 2008 Riserva is all about grace and finesse. The first signs of aromatic complexity are just beginning to appear, making the 2008 an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next 10-15 years.

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