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A 97-Point “Favorite” and “Greatest Ever” 2013 Barolo from Parusso - 11/21/2017 - Italy

The 2013 Parusso Barolo Bussia is a wine that has everything going for it. It was crafted by a top-tier producer, comes from a stellar vintage, and has earned accolade upon accolade from the wine press. Demand for Barolo seems to increase tenfold with each passing vintage and given how exquisitely crafted this 2013 Bussia is, it’s not hard to see why. Proprietor Marco Parusso has been at the vanguard of the movement which has drawn so much attention to historic this region. By employing traditional practices with such innovative techniques as micro-zoning soils based on the individual characteristics of each plot, Parusso’s wines perfectly capture the expressive terroir of Barolo. James Suckling was so impressed with this 2013, he proclaimed it “is one of the greatest wines I have ever had from here.” Given the way the market is trending, we’re not far from seeing wines like this one being priced into the stratosphere much like Burgundy. But for now this gem can be had at a very attractive $76.99. The 2013 Baroli have excellent structure for aging and the Bussia is no exception. Add this beauty to your cellar and you’ll be rewarded for years to come. Available on pre-arrival, now is the time to secure your bottles and sharp pricing.

2013 Parusso "Bussia" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($76.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is one of the greatest wines I have ever had from here. So much ripe cherry, raspberry and floral character. Medium body, super-refined tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much going on here. Better in 2021." (07/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Bussia is my favorite wine among Marco Parusso's new releases. This wine shows an extraordinary level of richness and softness that speaks to the unique winemaking style proposed by this innovative producer. The Bussia cru tends to produce softer and finer fruit characteristics. The bouquet delivers elegant notes of wild berry, forest floor and white truffle with mineral notes such as pencil shaving delicately tucked in at the back. The wine sees up to 60% stem inclusion and maceration times are long. This Barolo is articulate and profoundly expressive. (ML)" (06/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Another super-expressive wine, the 2013 Barolo Bussia is full of personality. Like all of these 2013s, the Bussia needs time to shed some baby fat. Today, the interplay of lifted aromatics and textured, layered fruit is compelling. Even with all of its richness, the 2013 stays light on its feet. (AG)" (02/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Exotic spice, vanilla, dark-skinned fruit and French oak aromas lift out of the glass. The palate shows toasted oak, coconut, espresso raspberry and cherry alongside tight close-grained tannins that grip the austere finish. It's still on its oak so give it time to come around. Drink after 2023. (KO)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Monforte dAlba. Tasted blind. Concentrated ruby. Almost exotic cherry nose that is still a little reductive. Very lifted and bright with notes of oak, cherry and cassis. Unusual and certainly modernist, but it works. Lots of tannins on the finish to chew on. Enormous length. (WS) 17/20 points" (12/2016)