Bussola Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Ca' del Laito 2016
|Region||Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella|
The Ca' del Laito bottling is sourced from a range of vineyards in the area of Montecchio di Negrar.
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The 2016 Valpolicella Ripasso Ca del Laito Classico Superiore from Tommaso Bussola is made all from very low yielding, old vines. The wine comes in at 14.5 percent and offers up a deep, complex and vibrant bouquet of sweet blackberries, a bit of red currant, a gorgeous array of spice tones, a fine foundation of soil, a touch of new leather and a topnote of sultana raisin. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very expressive, with superb focus and grip, a beautiful core of fruit, fine mineral drive and bounce and a long, tangy and moderately tannic finish. There is a bit of backend heat here, but it really is buried in superb synthesis of the gorgeous fruit and mineral undertow, and though it is really a bit out of my typical comfort zone for octane, I have no trouble drinking this wine!
The 2016 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Ca'del Laito boasts a seductive and perfumed bouquet, with notes of brown spice and tobacco blossoming further to show raspberry coulis and a lifting hint of fresh mint. This is quite savory, with silky textures ushering in cool-toned red and black berries and inner herbal tones. Sweet tannins come forward through the long finale, balanced by a concentration of primary fruits, promising years of positive evolution in the cellar. The Ca'del Laito is matured in a combination of 50% third-pass tonneaux and 50% large, 25-hectoliter barrels for 23 months. There’s beautiful symmetry in this gorgeous Ripasso, but don’t expect it to perform like a baby Amarone.
This is high-toned, with floral and spice aromatics and a core of macerated cherry, dark chocolate and medicinal herb flavors. The finish is grippy, providing a pleasing counterpoint to the silky mouthfeel and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2025.