Bussola

"When Veneto legend Giuseppe Quintarelli was asked years ago to name the region's next superstar, he didn't hesitate: Tommaso Bussola. Quintarelli's prediction began to be realized in 1999, when Tomasso's 1995's were released. Among the countless accolades he received, Gambero Rosso gave him the first of many Tre Bicchieris for his majestic Recioto TB.

Learning on the Job
Originally trained as a stone mason, Tommaso took over 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. With each passing vintage, his wines came to show mocre polish, finesse, intensity, and personality. By the late nineties, his style had matured, and his wines had become world-famous for their incredible intensity of fruit. Like other top Veneto winemakers, he uses new barrels, but any hint of new wood is hidden by cascades of lush, opulent fruit.

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.

Small percentages of old vine Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindarella and Pindara round out the cépage, along with new experiments like Teroldego.

Tomasso makes two ranges of wines: BG is his standard tier; TB is a selection he makes in the vineyard and winery of his very best wines. Despite being Tomasso's "standard" wines, the quality of his BG selections rate near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. All of the production comes from estate fruit -- including declassified wine from top vineyards like Alto, Soto el Barbi, Casali, and Quarer Longhe.

"Tommaso Bussola has an insatiable thirst for experimentation: he has a burning desire to see just how much he can draw out of his beloved Valpolicella area, and especially to know if he will be able to make the wine of his dreams." Gambero Rosso (1999)"

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Bussola Recioto 500ml Valpolicella Classico 2012
Please note this is a 500mL bottle, which is smaller than a regular 750mL bottle!
"Tommaso is the master of Recioto, and even his normale can challenge the region’s elite. 80% of the grapes are crushed in mid-January after four months of withering. Fermentation occurs with selected yeast and proceeds slowly for fifty days. The remaining 20% of the grapes are pressed at the
Item Number: 30350
Bottle:$49.95
Case: $299.70
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Bussola Amarone Classico 2012
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Ripe, almost sappy flavors of spice, kirsch and date are firmed by plush tannins and enlivened by juicy acidity in this expressive, medium- to full-bodied red. Long and mouthwatering, with smoky accents of espresso liqueur, dried herb and singed orange peel lingering on the
Item Number: 29419
Bottle:$52.95
Case: $635.40
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Bussola Amarone Classico 2011
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "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

Bussola Amarone Classico 2010
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93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"A rich red, showing lovely integration of the fine-grained tannins, spicy minerality and flavors of date, mandarin orange peel, dried cherry and espresso. Drink now through 2026."

Bussola Amarone Classico 2009
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94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "A mouthwatering red, with a sense of finesse to the integrated layers of juicy baked cherry and plum fruit, fig paste, wild herb and tarry mineral, all set on a refined and supple tannic frame. Complex and long, this harmonious red is hard to stop sipping but should do well in

Bussola Amarone Classico 2008
"When Veneto legend Giuseppe Quintarelli was asked years ago to name the region’s next superstar, he didn’t hesitate: Tommaso Bussola. Quintarelli’s prediction began to be realized in 1999, when Tomasso’s 1995’s were released. Among the countless accolades he received, Gambero Rosso gave him the

Bussola Amarone Classico 2007
"When Veneto legend Giuseppe Quintarelli was asked years ago to name the region’s next superstar, he didn’t hesitate: Tommaso Bussola. Quintarelli’s prediction began to be realized in 1999, when Tomasso’s 1995’s were released. Among the countless accolades he received, Gambero Rosso gave him the

Bussola Amarone Classico 2006
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is gorgeous. Dark cherries, plums, flowers, mint and licorice are among the nuances that are woven in a fabric of total class and elegance. The 2006 impresses for its beautifully delineated flavors and gorgeous overall balance. It is a