Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2012
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|Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella
"The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva TB takes things to a much darker, deeper and more savory place than nearly any wine in its category. Cloves and cinnamon combine with balsamic spice, molten chocolate and medicinal blackberries as this blossoms in the glass. It floods the palate with racy, silky textures and an intense burst of ultra-ripe red and black fruits offset by a bitter twang of sour citrus and cocoa. Tantalizing acidity barely maintains balance yet ultimately succeeds. Exotic spices and dried black cherries saturate and are framed by a coating of fine tannins that promises decades of further evolution. This is a powerhouse." Eric Guido Vinous Media 98 points Drink 2023-42
SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION
DELIVERY JUNE 2023
Rich, with saturated fruit notes of baked boysenberry and blackberry coulis and accents of medicinal herb and espresso cream, this velvety, full-bodied red is a full-throttle expression of Amarone, set in a harmonious frame. Creamy tannins firm the long, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2035.
This is an oversized wine. The Bussola 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva TB is showing some pretty evolution with dusty spicy notes, tarry smoke and licorice. The 2011 vintage will be remembered for the hot and dry winds that blew north from Africa throughout much of the summer. This blend of 45% Corvina, 30% Corvinone and 25% Rondinella (which is fermented for 50 days in steel and aged in oak for 66 months with new and neural oak) continues to show intact fruit despite the wine's advanced age. You get plenty of alcoholic punch, measuring 17%, which proves impossible to ignore and surely difficult to manage unless a robust food-pairing partner is found. I tasted bottle number 1,020 of 9,356 released.