Item Number: 4173
Appellation/AVA: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750ml Pack: 6
Alc by Vol(%): 17.5
Soil Type: Toar (basalt) & chalky gravel
Case Production: 400
History: The self-taught Tommaso Bussola took over his uncle’s domaine in 1985. He aims to make the best normale wines possible in each vintage. In many years, he is also able to make limited quantities of his elite TB line, selected from the best grapes at harvest.
Estate Plantings: 40% Corvinone, 25% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, Cabernet Franc, Pelara, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindarella. Tommaso specializes in finicky, heirloom varieties. Corvinone, in particular, is difficult to grow, but is largely responsible for the depth of fruit in Bussola’s wines.
Vine Age: 35% 14+ years old, 40% 30+ years old, 20% 60+ years old, 5% New plantings
Vintage Notes: 2005 – A mildly challenging vintage, with some spotty rain around harvest.
Winemaking Notes: Bussola uses different barrel sizes, woods (oak, cherry, chestnut, acacia) and aging for each wine, and is always experimenting. Because of Bussola’s demanding standards, production of each cuvée varies dramatically from vintage to vintage. Alto is selected from the best barrels of TB Amarone.