Tommaso Bussola

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Negrar, Veneto
People: Tommaso Bussola, Owner | Paolo Bussola, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Originally trained as a stone mason, Tommaso Bussola took over his uncle's Valpolicella estate - with its prized old vineyards in the heart of the Classico zone - in the mid-1980's. While vineyard work came naturally to him, he experimented relentlessly, and absorbed information and ideas from every source available. By the late nineties, his style had matured, and his wines had become world-famous for their incredible intensity of fruit.

The key is the age of the vines and the low-yielding ancient clones: Corvinone (giving the wine depth), Corvina Grossa and Rondinella. Small percentages of old vine Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindarella and Pindara round out the cepage, along with new experiments like Teroldego. Tommaso produces two levels of wine; 'TB' are his finest, made from ruthless selection from his best sites, and 'Classico' rate near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. All of the production comes from estate fruit.

Wine Advocate 2013
"The Bussola family has been producing top-notch Amarone for decades. In a truly touching family tradition, some of the older wines are named “BG” after uncle Giuseppe Bussola who founded the estate and adopted a traditional winemaking style. Recent expressions are named “TB” after Tommaso Bussola who is responsible for winemaking since 1983 and represents a modernist style. This flight of new releases, particularly the trio of 2007 Amarones, is exceptional. Tommaso’s sons Paolo and Giuseppe have both recently joined the winemaking efforts."

From Gambero Rosso 2012
"The Bussola family’s winery was one of the first to eschew entry-level products in the early 1990s, as international interest in the red wines of Valpolicella suddenly boomed. Over 20 years have passed since then but time has done nothing to diminish the passion of Tommaso and his wife Daniela for their work. What has changed, however, is the winery, which has been extended and now has facilities for long aging, The extended vineyard holding with plots at higher elevations, and the increasing contribution of sons Paolo and Giuseppe, who are bringing new energy and stimulus for growth."

Reviews

  • Bussola 2017 'Ca' del Laito' Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (4/14/2022)

    The 2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Ca' del Laito impresses with its lift and grave, as autumnal spiced cherry-berry fruits are complemented by hints of sweet oak. This is silky and elegant with ripe red and black berries that coast along a vibrant core of acids, as hints of dark chocolate and clove come forward toward the close. It's long yet very soft and nuanced through the finalte, leaving just a hint of lavender to linger. This is a balanced effort for the vineyard, yet I find myself craving more depth.
  • Bussola (500 ml) 2016 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (4/14/2022)

    The 2016 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico opens with a seductive mix of medicinal cherries and strawberries giving way to exotic spices and a dusting of mocha. This impresses with a tart raspberry burst up front and a spicy twang of citrus, bright acids and saline-minerals. The 2016 is a total wine of contrasts, finishing straining and long, while leaving the mouth watering for more. It's incredible to think that his maintains 93 grams of residual sugar, because it's nearly imperceptible. Stunning.