Another "lesser" wine from Bussola. And yes, while his Amarone's are amazing, they are also pricey. This Valpolicella is much more affordable and even in a poor vintage like 2014, he made great wine. This is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and other grapes. Fifty percent of the grapes for this wine are harvested in September and are dried for 3 months. The rest are harvested in October. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with plums, black cherries, slight sour cherries, sage, fig and coffee. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Light tannins. The palate has sour cherries, plums, with underlying char, coffee grounds and a slight herbal (sage?) note. Nice finish. This takes about thirty minutes to open and then is drinking quite well. Like many Italian wines, they were made to consumed at the table. While this drinks well on its own, it does work better with food. Pasta is a good choice, but Ossobuco would be a nice choice too. Drink over the next five to ten years.
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