2001 Tommaso Bussola "Vigneto Alto TB" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

SKU #1026537 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red with some garnet. Unbelievably powerful nose offers raspberry and chocolate, with a raisiny, pruney suggestion and notes of balsamic vinegar and alcohol. Extremely concentrated on the palate as well, with flavors of blackberry syrup spiked with dark chocolate liqueur. This almost glues the gums together yet seduces by its great harmony and silky tannins. The fruity finishing flavors are utterly seductive and extremely long.  (4/2006)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Amarone Classico TB (75% Corvina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara) offers incredible freshness and vibrancy, with expressive aromatics and level of nuance that is remarkable for such a big wine. The tannins have begun to soften somewhat making this an irresistible Amarone. In 2001 the fruit saw four months of drying. Fermentation lasted 55 days and the wine was aged for 36 months in 12 and 25- hectoliter Slavonian and French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015. (AG)  (10/2007)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lovers of traditional Amarone can appreciate a pinch of volatility (it sometimes appears as apple or cider) because it can add vibrancy, buoyancy and life to a wine when applied in measured doses. This is a good example of a wine enhanced by pungent apple that will appeal to those who like this style. Tommaso Bussola is a winemaking legend in these parts and is a leader in Valpolicella tradition.  (12/2007)

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