Barolo Bussia – 2016

Region: italy - piedmont


The origins of Agricola Marrone date back over a century and through four generations where the family has focused on cultivating local grape varietals with a passionate commitment and dedication to the land.

In 1978 ‘Gianpi’ took over full management of Marrone and began a phase of expansion in the vineyards and the cellar space. His wife Giovanna, affectionately known as “Mamma Gio,” orchestrates private hospitality and is the kitchen director. For Giovanna, food is “tradition and Italian values that go hand with our wines.”

When Pietro Marrone was born in 1887, his father Edoardo was already producing wines.  In 1910, at 23 years old, he asked his father to plant some vineyards. In the early 1920s/30s the winery began cultivating vineyards using techniques that were revolutionary at the time: reducing production yields to prioritize higher quality and avoiding sowing wheat between vine rows, a standard practice at the time. This decision was an early adoption of what eventually became known as modern cultivation practices widely used in the region today.

Since 2011 the winery has been run by “Tre Fie,” the three daughters of Gian Piero and Giovanna Marrone. Valentina is the winemaker, Serena runs marketing and business operations, and Denise is the hospitality heart and manager of the visitor programs and restaurant. The farm is run with minimal intervention in the vineyard, a philosophy that carries through from harvest to winemaking. The Marrone family pays careful attention to produce wines that are elegantly structured with the potential to evolve for decades.


94 Points

Aromas of cedar, strawberry and dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Powerful and focused. Impressive. Better after 2022., August, 2020
92 Points

This opens with aromas of red-skinned berry, truffle and leather. The firmly structured palate offers red cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside youthful taut tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2024–2034.

Wine Enthusiast, September, 2020
91 Points

The Gian Piero Marrone 2016 Barolo Bussia pours out of the bottle with a light ruby color and a lean-bodied appearance. The wine offers a grounded, albeit not particularly intense bouquet with dark fruit, blackberry, plum, tar and camphor ash. The wine glides clean over the palate, and it offers a mid-weight performance with moderate power. A mere 3,340 bottles were made. 2022 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, July, 2020
17.5 Points

This is one of those bouquets that you can’t help yourself from exclaiming, ‘Oh wow!’, out loud. If you distilled the smell of the most intense, ripest strawberries in the world, added tellicherry black pepper and blood-orange peel, you’d get somewhere close. The palate is a pool of reflection of the nose, everything there but with ripples and shadows and the depth, brightness, sweetness, tang, minerality of crushed black rocks, sweet oranges, pomegranate molasses, petrichor. The tannins sheath the palate so tightly, so closely and yet so finely it’s as if they’ve been painted on with a sable paint brush. Stunningly complete, tightrope balance and incredibly difficult to resist drinking this now. 2020 – 2035, June, 2020
93 Points

The 2016 Barolo “Bussia” from Marrone is also a bit riper than its 2017 counterpart, coming in at 14.7 percent alcohol in this vintage. The wine is deep and complex on the nose, revealing an aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, roasted venison, camphor, autumnal soil tones, rose petals, brown spices and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, focused and complex, with a superb core of fruit, excellent soil undertow, ripe, well integrated tannins and a long, well-balanced and nicely ripe finish. One can sense the ripeness of this wine a touch on the backend, but it is not really warm on the finish, just ripe and assertive. It is going to be an excellent bottle in due course. 2035 – 2090

View From The Cellar, November, 2022