Bussola is one of the top three producers of Amarone.  What separates him from the other two is pricing.  Bussola's wines are affordable.  This is his base wine and it retails for around $50.  That is not inexpensive, but it is worth it.  One caveat, to really get the full bang for your buck, let them age for a while.  This one is still not yet at peak but showing quite well especially with a bit of air.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  On the nose this has cherries, black cherries, tobacco, dried currants, slight sandalwood and prune.  Very deep.  On the palate, this is dry but feels like it is going to be sweet, then isn't.  Black cherries, dried currants, spice and slight dustiness.  Full bodied.  No heat or anything like that, but there is a lot of alcohol.  The label lists 17%!  There is enough acidity to work well with heartier foods.  Still some upside potential for this.  It needs about five more years until peak (give or take).  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
2009

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