Prunotto Bussia Barolo 2004

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 106134
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
  • ST92
  • WS92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • WS94

Winemaker's Notes

Garnet in color, this wine shows intense aromas of plums and ripe cherries, along with floral tones and spices. The wine is equally as intense on the palate with ripe tannins and a very long finish. Recommended with meat dishes, particularly wild game, and cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Lots of dried dark fruits, along with flowers, follow through to a full body, with velvety, soft-textured tannins and a long, long finish. Polished and attractive. Best after 2011."
92 Points

"The 2004 Barolo Bussia possesses an additional dimension of inner sweetness. This expansive, refined Barolo reveals an attractive array of ripe dark fruit, sweet toasted oak, spices, tar and licorice. The tannins are broad, yet silky and the wine appears to have more than enough plumpness to provide balance. The 2004 is one of the finest recent vintages of this wine. The Barolo Bussia is aged in a combination of small barrels and larger casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. "
92 Points

"Good full, deep red. Ripe, deep, slightly medicinal aromas of currant and black cherry. Big, broad, rich and sweet. In spite of its hint of medicinal austerity this really fills the mouth with perfume. An almost surprisingly round Barolo that finishes with lovely length and sweet, ripe tannins. I find this more open-knit than the '06, which will probably age longer. "
92 Points

"This vintage of Prunotto’s celebrated Bussia cru is also on the mature side (but not as much as the hotter 2005 vintage) and offers ripe aromas of blackberry preserves and strawberry. Dark chocolate, spice and dried prunes fill the mouth with bold flavors and intensity. The wine is ready to drink now or in the next two or three years."
90 Points

Learn About Prunotto Map ItMap It

Following World War II, Alfredo Prunotto and his wife took over and restored an old cooperative winery called Vini delle Langhe, establishing a new era under the Prunotto name. Prunotto imposed new standards on production, elevating the level of quality and succeeding in exporting his wines to several countries. Prunotto was the first winery to individually select grapes from the...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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Winemaker's Notes Deep garnet color with ruby reflections and an intense perfume of plum, ripe cherry, flowers and spice. Intense ...
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