James Suckling - 95
Very aromatic with hazelnuts and hints of tar, orange peel and dried strawberry. Full-bodied, very tight and tannic with wonderful texture. Very racy and tight at the end. From organically grown grapes. Needs three or four years to soften. Try after 2023.
Decanter - 95
This is the best interpretation of Bussia in 2017. The restrained nose features a stunning Parma violet aroma followed by cherry and liquorice, with raw meat in depth. Refined tannins of velvety texture and noble elegance flow on the palate, well integrated with lifted acidity and a good savoury finish. Not enormous concentration - this is instead focused on finesse.Drinking Window 2021 - 2040
Jancis Robinson - 17++
Monforte d'Alba. Just mid ruby. Rich, full cherry fruit of great depth and focus. A little less sensuous and nervier on the palate than Brunate. Sappy raspberry and cherry fruit over a layer of firm, grainy tannins. The acidity lifts the fruit but right now it is a little austere and needs more time. Long, fragrant raspberry fruit turns up at the end.