Bussola Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2011 (4.2/5)
Bussola's wines are big, no doubt about this. However, they feature an inner tension that preserve balance and vitality.
The secret, much more than winemaking techniques, lies on the old and very low-yielding local clones of Corvinone, Corvina Grossa, and Rondinella.
Ca' del Laito is their "entry level" ripasso, but it tastes like neck and neck with many Amarones, and it's placed in UK at a premium price (>£20).
It appears deep ruby with garnet rim and very good legs.
On the nose it's clean offering, with medium intensity, notes of ripe morello cherries under syrup, dried blueberries, cedar and balsamic notes, with smoky hints of grafite.
On the palate it's dry, with medium acidity, velvety tannins, high alcohol counterbalanced by good presence of fruit extract on the mid palate. Full body with a Med+ finish.
Very Good quality, Drink Now but will keep evolving for several years. Blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and others, Valpolicella, Italy.