Livia Fontana Barolo Bussia Riserva 2012  - Last Bottle

Livia Fontana Barolo Bussia Riserva 2012

Barolo, baby!! Wow! Hardcore collectors, savvy Piedmontese aficionados, and ANYONE who wants to have the foundations of their wine-loving palate rocked to the core…this is your day (or hour!)!

A huge rising star in Barolo, Fontana’s 2011 that we brought you last year (to ravishing raves) scored a whopping 95 POINTS. This is the brilliant, off the hook 2012 - a better vintage with even more power and concentration. We are talking world-class Barolo is hard enough to find these wines under $100 any day!

Let the glory of this rich, intense wine wash over you -- we are! A wow wine any way you slice it, unlike a lot of burly Barolo, this is a sexier style, with waves of cherry and dark blue fruits, that gotta-have-it black tea note, spices and a terrifically textured, mouth coating feel. Just amazing at the price. So good! And super limited! Don’t wait for the score!

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.

Technical Details

Country: Italy
Region: Barolo
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Monforte d’Alba, in Bussia at 300 m a.s.l. with southwest exposure
Aging/Cooperage: At least 60 months. First in traditional oak barrels and then in the bottles in the wine cellar with controlled temperature.
Harvest Date: Hand-picked with precise grape selection into small baskets towards the middle of October
Alcohol: 14.50%

About The Producer

Livia inherited the passion for viticulture from her father Ettore and she in her turn transmits with love and enthusiasm the values of those who preceded her in these vineyards. After more than two hundred years, the blood and fiber of the company are still united and today carried forward by the eighth generation while maintaining the history of the family’s objectives made with seriousness, commitment and love of the earth.

The Livia Fontana winery is a rare case in which business and family blend together blurring the boundaries of both, becoming an example of how the convergence of objectives can make the family even more cohesive and the business more successful. Seven generations have preceded the current management of Livia Fontana and her sons Michele and Lorenzo, each of whom brings to their different roles energy, enthusiasm, competence and passion. The result is excellent wines that are appreciated throughout the world for the way in which tradition and new technologies merge in products of very high quality.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent with red meat, wild game and seasoned cheeses.

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