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.
Dal Forno makes some of the best Amarone. Unfortunately, the price is prohibitive. That said, his Valpolicella's are better than most Amarone and while expensive, they can be worth doing. This one certainly was. So much better than a bottle tasted five years ago that was tight, oaked and unforgiving. This bottle has really started to show a glimpse of its best. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, slight vanilla, cloves and leather. Full bodied. On the palate, this has up front black cherry fruit with underlying spice and dried
This is a desert wine from one of the world's great winemakers. At age 19, this is fresh and drinking great. Tasted from a 375ml bottle. Purple in color with ruby hues. The nose is pretty with black cherries, dried red currants, slight mint and milk chocolate. Full bodied and viscous. Sweet but nowhere near cloying. On the palate, this is rich with cherries, black cherries, slight simple syrup, dried herbs and slight alcohol. Long finish. This is complex, contemplative and also delicious. It should easily go another decade or more. This is one to sip a small glass with on its own
2008 Igino Accordini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Le Bessole, Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella,Wine Review
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cherries and spice. With air some chocolate and slight craisin notes. On the palate, this is ripe but not sweet. Cherries and slight coffee notes. Wide but not deep. It is drinking well now but will certainly go for a while longer. Seemed to be quite popular with those trying it. It will work better with food but is nice on its own too. Perhaps braised lamb?
From a magnum. A blend of Corvinone (40%), Corvina Grossa (25%) and Rondinella (20%). Opened and allowed to breathe for about one and a half hours before pouring. Bussola is in my mind, a close third on the hierarchy of Amarone producers (following Quintarelli and Dal Forno). His wines are pricey but doable. This is his base bottling. Purple in color with some ruby.
Bussola is one of the top producers in Amarone and the top producer I can still afford (after Quintarelli and Dal Forno). This was an older bottle that was just singing. It had been stood up for a week and then decanted just prior to serving. It continued to open up for the next couple of hours. Really a gorgeous wine. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose is great. Dusty at first, that gave way to slight craisins, cherries with some underlying smoke and even a bit of dried flowers. With more air, a chocolate/caramel note comes out; almost sweet. On the palate, this is still l
This is a very nice Amarone in just the right place right now. Probably at or close to peak but no real hurry here. Deep ruby in color with very slight browning at the rim. The nose is very nice with cherries, slight raisins and other dried fruits, a bit of spice and just a hint of roasted herbs. A voluptuous texture. Slightly sweet/ripe but just perceptible. Layers of complexity. Good acidity that works better with food. Nice finish. Is this a blockbuster? No, but it is an outstanding wine that is around $30 for current vintages.
2012 Fratelli Speri Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cherries, slight prunes, slight raisin along with some anise and roasted herbs. Full bodied. On the palate, this is ever so slightly sweet with cherries, dried cherries and slight prune. Medium tannins. Nice depth with layers of complexity. Good acidity. Long finish. Should work with medium and heavier dishes very well, probably not so much with spicy foods. Seems to be closing in on peak but should certainly have another 7 to ten years left.
50% Corvina / 20% Rondinella, 25% Molinara / 5% indigenous varietals. Deep ruby in color. The nose is nice with cherries and baking spice. On the palate, this has deep cherry fruit. Good acidity. Slight tannins. This wine is correct and everything expected for a nice Valpolicella including the price - $18. Will work with medium and heartier foods and if needed, on its own too.
From a Magnum. This is a very nice wine and a crowd pleaser. Not to big and fruity but enough of everything to please everyone. It does not, however, resemble an Amarone. Basically, a Valpolicella in an Amarone bottle? Is that a problem? Only depending on price and what one is looking for. Purple in color. The nose has cherries and canned cherries with a bit of minerality. On the palate, a nice backbone of acidity. Good cherry fruit. Fresh and bright. Light tannins. Nice finish. This is food friendly and would work with a wide variety of foods. Nice finish.