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V96: Sub-$70, 2013 Barolo “Reminds Me of the Most Profound Barolos and Barbarescos” - 02/21/2018 - Italy

The praise Antonio Galloni lavishes upon the 96-Point, 2013 Poderi Colla "Bussia Dardi Le Rose" Barolo is among the highest we’ve encountered. His review jumps from one superlative to the next calling it “a knock-out,” “a wine of depth, pedigree and class,” and “regal..in every way.” If this praise wasn’t enough, he also adds that it, “reminds [him] of some of the most profound Barolo and Barbarescos [he has] tasted.” Wow. We can already say this is one of the top buys for the spectacular 2013 Piedmont vintage. Sourced from one of the most coveted and celebrated sites in all of Barolo, this 2013 beautifully displays the heights Barolo can achieve. Given the critical acclaim, one might expect this 2013 to cost well into the $100s, remarkably this collectible red can be had for a fraction of that. If the wines from the Colla family aren’t already on your radar, we can’t think of a better place to start. Given its open and expressive style, this is the type of Barolo that will appeal to a very broad audience. Even if you don’t naturally gravitate to the wines of Piedmont, we strongly suggest you give the “"Bussia Dardi Le Rose" a spin. Drink or hold, either way you are sure to be every bit as thrilled as Galloni was with this truly dynamic, engaging, and delicious Barolo.

2013 Poderi Colla "Bussia Dardi Le Rose" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

96 points Vinous: "Colla's 2013 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose is a knock-out. Intensely sweet and perfumed, the 2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted. Ripe red cherry, pipe tobacco, mint, dried rose petal, orange peel and anise are some of the endless nuances that seem to develop in the glass. The 2013 is a wine of depth, pedigree and class. It should provide thrilling drinking for a number of years. This is a regal wine in every way. Don't miss it. Drink 2023-2043...I was deeply impressed with the three vintages of the flagship Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose I tasted. The 2013 leads the pack, but the 2012 and 2011 are also superb, especially within the context of their respective vintages. Readers in search of a top-flight, traditionally-styled Barolo will find much to explore in these very fine, noble wines from the Colla family. (AG)" (10/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "Here is a Barolo with extremely perfumed aromas with spice, leather and dried flowers. Hints of dried fruits such as fig and cherry. Full body yet linear and racy with lots of berry, mushroom and orange peel character. Drink now or hold." (07/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Truffle, underbrush, new leather and chopped herb aromas slowly emerge in the glass. The bright, elegantly structured palate delivers tart cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside vibrant acidity and tightly wound noble tannins. It's still youthfully austere so give it time to develop. Drink 20232033. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Remniscent of "2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted" according to Antonio Galloni, Poderi Colla's Le Rose is a reference-point Barolo in this celebrated vintage. A classic rendition of one of Piedmont's finest terroirs (Bussia) it is one of the great sweetspot buys of this Barolo campaign.