1997 Prunotto, Barolo, Bussia (RT 94) SO’d for the day, then served directly from bottle. Dark ruby with only hints of garnet at the rim, the 1997 Bussia reveals abundant ripe fruit but is still hanging on to a decided freshness. Classic Bussia notes of black cherry, dried plum, sous bois and mentholated balsam. The mouthfeel is clearly equal to the aromatic profile, where the fruit, tannin and acidity keep things lively and fresh. The balance is very well done for such a hot vintage, Prunotto hit a home run in 1997! Excellent and still showing well for a vintage in which many have lost their edge and are now beginning to fade. Drink now – 2027+ If you can find it in the $70-100 range that’s an excellent value for a fabulous 1997 Barolo.