2016 ceretto, barolo, bussia
Why We're Buying
According to the Ceretto family website, "Bussia is not a vineyard; it is an ode to diversity." The estate started making Ceretto Barolo Bussia in 2015. The wine features a mixture of strawberry and flora aromas, a balanced body, and a savory finish and is a worthy addition to any portfolio of Ceretto wines.
The 2016 Barolo Bussia is explosive, vibrant and full of energy. Bright saline notes give the Barolo Bussia great tension and sheer drive. Deceptively medium in body the Bussia is also incredibly distinctive. Its rich, vivid flavors are so finely sculpted. In this range, the Bussia is distinguished by its mid-palate sweetness and that creaminess that is so common in the best Bussia Barolos. I love the vibrancy here. Drink 2024-2036.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is the second vintage created after Ceretto started farming in Monforte d'Alba. Specifically, the 2016 Barolo Bussia sees fruit sourced from Bussia Soprana, one of the various subdivisions of the larger Bussia cru. I loved the inaugural 2015 vintage, and my initial impression of 2016 evokes that same excitement. This is a worthy addition to the Ceretto portfolio; it's a wine that offers enormous silkiness and textural finesse. Those beautiful Nebbiolo aromas are all there—the wild cherry, licorice and rust—but I am particularly impressed by the soft elegance of the mouthfeel, which gives equal space to fruity sweetness, acidity and structure. It's not as long as the outstanding Bricco Rocche (from Castiglione Falletto), but almost. 2024 - 2050