Parusso Selezione Grandi Vigne 2018
• Domaine: Parusso Armando
• Appellation: Barolo DOCG
• Grape varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
• Classification: Monforte d'Alba, Italy
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Located not far from Alba, the capital of Langhe, the Parusso family first acquired land in 1901. Since then, it has transformed from a family-owned farm to a highly regarded vineyard. They started bottling Barolo under the family label in 1971. After 50 years of meticulous and passionate work, the Parusso Armando company now manages 28 hectares of vineyards in the municipalities of Monforte d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto.
Celebrating the family's 50th anniversary of Barolo production, Parusso Armando presents all Barolo fans a special selection of 3 different wines in a beautiful wooden case holding 2 bottles each of the family's highly regarded Barolo labels from the outstanding 2018 vintage.
- Mariondino: produced from the coolest plot, the wine is a masterpiece of finesse, displaying beautiful tension on a palette of spicy, citrusy aromas.
- Mosconi: its warm terroir makes it the most powerful and massive wine of the three, with a deep bouquet exuding tobacco and leather.
- Bussia: the most refined of the three wines, its texture is silky with fine and noble tannins, a mouthfeel that is wonderfully soft. The bouquet is also subtle, sprinkled with flowers, spice and splashes of mint.
Each case also includes a special map presentation, a corkscrew, and the indispensable DropStop for serving wine like a pro.
"The 2018 Barolo Bussia is a blend of Rocche and Munie. Pliant and racy in the glass, the 2018 is laced with dark fruit, mocha, sweet spice and licorice. Dried rose petal, mint, spice, kirsch, new French oak and dried flowers all build with aeration. The oak imprint is a bit prominent at this stage, but these wines have proven over time to have the substance to handle the wood." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2/2022) Ratings: 93+, Drink: 2028-2043
"Complex nose of ripe red fruit with sweet tobacco-like spice, flowers and orange cream. Full-bodied with a dense core of fruit and grainy tannin that is still riding high. Needs plenty of time to integrate and spread. Super winemaking in 2018. Hold until 2025." - James Suckling, Ratings: 95
"The 2018 Barolo Mosconi is a broad, potent wine. A blast of macerated dark cherry, leather, spice, dried herbs, chocolate and mocha makes a strong opening statement. As always, the Mosconi is a brooding, virile wine with huge depth, tons of intensity and big, brawny tannins that need time to soften. There is a good deal of oak, but the wine has the presence and overall intensity to carry it well." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2/2022) Ratings: 93, Drink: 2028-2043
"Wow. This is a super-sensual Barolo with wild black-fruit character, such as ripe elderberries and dried dates. Fresher notes of blood oranges, too. Balanced vanilla edge to the palate that coats the firm, grainy tannins and carries the creamy fruit through the long finish. Super-succulent and enticing. To produce this in 2018 is a real achievement. Hats off to the winemaking. So tempting even now, but will only improve. Try from 2024." - James Suckling, Ratings: 97
"Parusso's 2018 Barolo Mariondino is a gorgeous, effusive wine. Bright floral accents, kirsch, orange peel, new oak, spice and mint give the 2018 its sculpted, chiseled personality. There is terrific cut and energy here. This is an especially fine showing from the Mariondino." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2/2022) Ratings: 92, Drink: 2025-2038
"A medium-bodied Barolo with pretty easygoing wild-strawberry and fine-tannin style. Compact and tight, this is tempting even now, but give it another year. Try from 2023." - James Suckling, Ratings: 92