Tommaso Bussola 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
Item Number: 15160
Sub Region: Valpolicella
Appellation/AVA: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 65% Corvina and Corvinone / 30% Rondinella / 5% Molinara and others
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Toar (basalt) and chalky grave
Elevation: 260-400 meters
Case Production: < 600
Winemaking Notes: Fermentation is initiated using selected yeast. Fermentation proceeds slowly at a low temperature, and the wine is racked after 60-80 days on the skins. After another 15 days it is racked again, off the gross deposit. 25% of the production is put in new Slavonian oak barrels of 12 and 25-hectoliter capacity; another 25% was put in American oak barriques and French oak tonneaux, the remainder going into second-passage tonneaux. Batonnage is carried out when necessary until the moment of bottling. Assemblage takes place after 24 months in wood.
Tasting Notes: The wine, of garnet-russet hue, is slightly sweet, warm, robust, full, harmonious, and velvety with a most satisfying touch of bitterness. It is the ideal wine with game and has no rivals as an accompaniment to hard cheeses. But its most characteristic role is as an after-dinner wine, for sipping in moments of intimacy, or for fueling lively postprandial conversation. It should be opened at least two hours before consumption and consumed at ambient temperature. It is the classic wine of friendship.
93pts (2013 Vintage) Wine Spectator 11/30/2019
"Long and creamy, this compact, concentrated, full-bodied red swathes supple tannins in a cloak of sun-dried cherry and date fruit flavors, with aromatic hints of candied orange peel and eucalyptus and a minerally underpinning that echoes on the finish."