• Bussola Della Valpolicella Classico Amarone 2011 95

    Bussola Della Valpolicella Classico Amarone 2011

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    95pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    "Outstanding Amarone that will likely turn out to be one of the top three wines of the vintage" ~ Antonio Galloni, Vinous

    Bussola Amarone is world-famous for its incredible intensity of fruit. The innate density and intensity of this wine makes it a rarity to encounter, one which does not overwhelm on one front, but instead takes us on a journey of never-ending layers. You will have to search long and hard to find an Amarone the likes of this caliber. And that's why Mr. Bussola's had some pretty serious international recognition for his craft. Decant and let it breathe for at least an hour before filling your glasses; the results will be spellbinding. This Amarone is made for full-flavored and hearty meat dishes: Wagyu beef, elk, venison, wild boar, and much more. When was the last time you had tripe, winelovers? You might want to try the traditional Italian preparation of Trippa alla Romana with this Bussola. The dish uses delicious herbs, garlic, onions and tomatoes and lots of slow cooking to deliver a perfect pairing. Barbecued elk medallions with a cherry sauce will really reach out to the decadent, deep fruit in this wine. If you're hankering for a big piece of meat, make it a Wagyu T-bone for two with a mushroom sage sauce. Il cielo su un piatto. For the coup de grace of the meal, try bite-sized pieces of Parmigiana Reggiano, each with a drizzle of acacia honey. Take a sip of this Bussola afterwards and feel the magic unfold.

    If you didn't know, Amarone is from the Veneto region of Italy. Rather than using the standard "crush and ferment" process as with a regular wine, the grapes are harvested, separated, and laid to dry on straw mats for around four months. During this time, the grapes "raisinate", and the resulting dessicated grapes are then pressed and the resulting highly concentrated juice is fermented. The result? A very powerful, highly textured, and sometimes extremely tannic wine. Once the wine is bottled, the tannins take a long time to mellow. These wines are rarely released within five years of bottling, and can take close to a decade to get to their proper flavor. The hefty pricetag comes from the combination of the long winemaking process and the necessity for even longer storage.

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous:  "Very deep ruby, almost inky in color. Multidimensional nose combines red cherry, raspberry syrup, gunflint, cinnamon, flowers and oak spices. Thick but magically light on its feet, with penetrating red fruit and very strong chocolaty flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. The sweet and ultra smooth finish saturates the palate with red fruits, chocolate and sweet spices. Sports a highish 17% alcohol by volume but you can hardly tell, a real neat trick for such a luscious, concentrated wine. Almost like drinking liquid chocolate with alcohol. Outstanding Amarone that will likely turn out to be one of the top three wines of the vintage. Drink 2019-2030." May 2017

    Winery:  "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 'Classico' rate near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. All of the production comes from estate fruit.

    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 65% Corvina & Corvinone, 30% Rondinella 5% Other Varietals
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    Aging: 24-30 months in oak barriques and tonneaux
    Veneto, Italy