2014 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Bussia

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2014 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Bussia

Wine obtained from the prestigious Bussia cru located in the town of Monforte d’Alba, where the terrain is very steep, malleable and rich in clay. 

Tasting Notes

Nose

The nose reveals notes of dry strawberry, dry blackberry, small notes of violet associated with a touch of dry iris as well as discreet hints of nutmeg/spices.

Palate

The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers minerality and a finely acidulous frame. This wine expresses notes of very ripe wild blackberry, very ripe wild strawberry, small notes of crushed plum associated with a hint of red berries, violet, laurel berries as well as fine hints of spices/cloves.

2014 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Bussia

Vineyards

It is quite possible that the Franco Conterno estate has one of the most enviable views of any winery. In the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba, the farm sits alone atop a tiny hill overlooking La Morra, Fontanafredda and Castiglione Falletto. 

Franco Conterno comprises 28 hectares of vineyards, located in the territories of Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Novello and Madonna di Como.

The labels bear the names of the most prestigious vineyards: Bussia and Panerole. The hectares of land are dedicated to the cultivation of Lampia and Michet Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Merlot, Freisa and ChardonnayBussia is the first cru to have been declared a member of the "modern" era.

As always, our growing techniques are specially chosen to bring together respect for the environment and agricultural work, as required by the Regional Rural Development Plan to which Franco Conterno first subscribed in 1996. All this is possible thanks to the extraordinary nature of the soil, made up of sand, silt and clay. The elevation above sea level ranges from 250 to 400 metres.

The soil, the extraordinary microclimate, and the excellent south/south-west exposure allow for the creation of wines with unique and valuable characteristics.

From 2015, Franco Conterno has been a certified organic company, dedicated to a production philosophy based on natural ​​vineyard cultivation and a completely wholesome vinification process.

History

In the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba, is Cascina Sciulun, a typical historic farmhouse, constructed according to Piedmont architectural traditions. Built in the mid-nineteenth century and extended in the 1940s, the house has always belonged to the Conterno family.

The company Franco Conterno has deep roots, and has been a part of the family for many decades. It was nonno Pietro who allocated 18 hectares of land to Nebbiolo vineyards, initially to sell to other wineries for vinification, later destined for the creation of prestigious wines.

The business passed to his son Giacomo, and then to his grandson Franco, who took the helm of the winery in 1995 with his wife Vilma, bringing his own name and identity to the company.

In recent years, Franco’s two sons—Daniele and Andrea—joined the company, following in the footsteps of their grandfather, bringing fresh insight and innovation to the winery and vineyards, continuing the family business with passion and dedication.

Cascina Sciulun now includes a farmhouse where you can stay, for a relaxing visit immersed in the peace and tranquility of the green hills of the Langhe.

Specifications

Year 2014
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Nebbiolo Michet and Nebbiolo Lampia
Country Italy
Alcohol content 14.5% alcohol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Wine
Vinification
Maceration with skins in wooden vats. Must and skins are kept in contact for 20 days, on which alcoholic fermentation takes place, punched down daily and finally racked. Fermentation temperature varies with peaks of 32°C. 
Aging Aging in cellar: the new wine is kept from 3 to 5 months in steel tanks and undergoes malolactic fermentation; it is decanted several times, and finally aged in French oak barrels (45/50hl capacity) for 48 months. Aging in bottle: 12 months.
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches Braised beef, red meat, shank, duck, long seasoned cheese. Serve at between 16-18C
Features Vegan & Vegetarian friendly
Origin Langhe, Piedmont
Cru Bussia
Denomination
Barolo Riserva DOCG