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Bussola Amarone Tb 2008

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"The key, we think, is not only the age of his vines but the fact that they are nearly all naturally low-yielding ancient clones: Corvinone (40%), Corvina Grossa (25%) and Rondinella (20%) Corvinone, in particular, is quite rare today because of its low yields and finicky growing habits. Yet, Tommaso claims it is the Corvinone that gives his wines their depth. He calls it the “Super Corvina,” saying that it produces stronger, denser, richer, more perfumed wines. Small percentages of old vine Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindarella and Pindara round out the cépage, along with new experiments like Teroldego. Tomasso makes two ranges of wines: BG is his standard tier; TB is a selection he makes in the vineyard and winery of his very best wines. Despite being Tomasso's "standard" wines, the quality of his BG selections rate near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. All of the production comes from estate fruit -- including declassified wine from top vineyards like Alto, Soto el Barbi, Casali, and Quarer Longhe." -Importer

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Vintage: 2004 02/06/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Bussola Amarone Tb

External Review
Vintage: 2004 03/03/2010

WS: 88 Points RP: 87 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful entry-level wine. This mid-weight, feminine Amarone is layered with rose petals, raspberries, truffles, sweet tobacco and herbs. The 2005 shows lovely length and polish in an understated style. I don't see this making old bones, but it should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.


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Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

The 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is the wine that formerly carried the "BG" designation as the estate's entry-level Amarone. This is an accessible, fresh style of Amarone with well-delineated aromatics and plenty of clean, focused fruit. Medium in body, it offers outstanding finesse and depth on the palate. This bottling is aged in a combination of small and large barrels of various sizes. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a highly unusual wine of freakish dimensions. Bussola fans will recall that the estate released its 2004 Amarones last year. This 2003 Amarone took almost five years to finish fermenting; in fact one tank was at the tail end of fermentation when I visited the estate in April 2009! This is an exotic Amarone that captures an almost port-like expression of fruit while remaining light on its feet. There is plenty of clarity and detail in the dark fruit, flowers and minerals that waft from the glass. Despite its ripeness and richness, this remains a medium-bodied, accessible Amarone perfect for near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

Compact and pure, with lovely floral aromas accompanying the sweet date, currant and lightly spiced vanilla. Full-bodied, with a tight, firm tannin structure underpinning the dense dried fruit, followed by a long finish. A stylish Amarone. Best after 2010.



"The key, we think, is not only the age of his vines but the fact that they are nearly all naturally low-yielding ancient clones: Corvinone (40%), Corvina Grossa (25%) and Rondinella (20%) Corvinone, in particular, is quite rare today because of its low yields and finicky growing habits. Yet, Tommaso claims it is the Corvinone that gives his wines their depth. He calls it the “Super Corvina,” saying that it produces stronger, denser, richer, more perfumed wines. Small percentages of old vine Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindarella and Pindara round out the cépage, along with new experiments like Teroldego. Tomasso makes two ranges of wines: BG is his standard tier; TB is a selection he makes in the vineyard and winery of his very best wines. Despite being Tomasso's "standard" wines, the quality of his BG selections rate near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. All of the production comes from estate fruit -- including declassified wine from top vineyards like Alto, Soto el Barbi, Casali, and Quarer Longhe." -Importer

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