Tommaso Bussola 2013 'TB' Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
Item Number: 10640
Sub Region: Valpolicella
Appellation/AVA: Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Corvina / Corvinone / Rondinella / Molinara / Others
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Toar (basalt) and chalky gravel
Elevation: 260-300 meters
The TB selections are Tommaso's finest, made from a ruthless selection only when nature allows. While the Amarone and Recioto enjoy greater renown, this 100% Ripasso wine may be Tommaso's greatest achievement.
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. Normally, the grapes are crushed in mid-October with fermentation occurring with selected yeast. In February, the wine ferments again on the skins of Amarone for a week. After about 33 months of permanence in wood, it is blended, bottled and left to mature for six months before placing the product on the market.
History: The self-taught 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.
Ancient Clones: 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.