Half a century ago celebrated Piemontese producer Alfredo Prunotto imposed new standards on the production of Barolo, elevating the overall level of quality in the wine. His was the first winery to individually select grapes from the finest vineyards and to designate the name of the vineyard (cru) as a symbol of the quality and specific characteristics of the wine. In 1989 when the Antinori group purchased the winery they made smart investments, acquiring plots in prominent vineyards in the most exclusive areas including the Bussia vineyard in Barolo and the Bric Turot vineyard in Barbaresco. The result is a continuation of the the quality improvements started long ago by Prunotto and evidenced by this 2009 Barolo. With several 90+ ratings, the Wine Advocate scored it 94 points saying Prunotto’s 2009 Barolo shows austere aromas of pressed fruit, tar and licorice. There’s no question that this wine has been made with impeccable precision. With a little time in the glass, softer tones of spice and leather become more evident. It shows medium body with rock solid structure at the back."
This is simply classic and elegant from start to finish. A dense cherry fruit core with hints of anise, tar and rose petals. Lovely acidity and fruit on the palate with silky tannins kicking in mid palate and hanging around through the dry and satisfying finish. One of the best for under $50 without question.