Tommaso Bussola

Ca' del Laito Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Corvina Blend

9.0361 ratings
9.026 pro ratings
Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, Italy
Corvina Blend
Tomato-Based, Asian Cuisine, Mushrooms, Pork, Fish, Salads & Greens
Top Notes For
Emily Kresie-Harrington

2016 vintage. Black cherry, red plum, red currant, wild strawberry, hibiscus, sandalwood, tree bark, licorice, dried lavender. Very layered, with an almost sweet quality to the tannin. Good balance between fruit and earth and spice.

2016 vintage. Black cherry, red plum, red currant, wild strawberry, hibiscus, sandalwood, tree bark, licorice, dried lavender. Very layered, with an almost sweet quality to the tannin. Good balance between fruit and earth and spice.

Apr 2nd, 2021
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9.1

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. (Eric Guido, Vinous, February 2021)

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. (Eric Guido, Vinous, February 2021)

Feb 25th, 2021
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

9.2

It’s fun finding favorites from early days of wine career. I love this wine. Rich and plummy.

It’s fun finding favorites from early days of wine career. I love this wine. Rich and plummy.

Apr 28th, 2019
Chris Harvey

What a kickass wine

What a kickass wine

Feb 10th, 2019
Mandi Speidel

City Territory Chicago, Maverick Wine Company

9.5

G Dunn my BFF, angel face, brother and favorite human is back!

G Dunn my BFF, angel face, brother and favorite human is back!

Aug 3rd, 2018
Chris Harvey

Beautiful tannins, dried cranberry, bitter chocolate, fig. One of my favorite styles

Beautiful tannins, dried cranberry, bitter chocolate, fig. One of my favorite styles

May 4th, 2018
Sheri Pattillo

Consulting Sommelier Texas Hill Country

8.8

Violets and chocolate covered raisins

Violets and chocolate covered raisins

Jul 12th, 2017
Matt Sterr

Prune-date-fig. Balanced with an essence of wildflower on the palate.

Prune-date-fig. Balanced with an essence of wildflower on the palate.

2 people found it helpfulApr 26th, 2016
Sam Viklund

Beastly, almost viscous, at least 15% abv, chewy, intense. Butch wine with a label made on powerpoint

Beastly, almost viscous, at least 15% abv, chewy, intense. Butch wine with a label made on powerpoint

2 people found it helpfulJan 26th, 2016
Devin Bray

A "superiore," which denotes at least a year of aging and 12 percent alcohol or more. Bussola, the producer, was taken over by its current winemaker in the 80s from his father. He continues to use older varietals like Corvina Grosso, and to use older techniques, but for the "Ripasso," which is relatively recent in its techniques. Round and very well integrated, having most of the boozy, mentholated, dark fruit characteristics of a great Valipolicella.

A "superiore," which denotes at least a year of aging and 12 percent alcohol or more. Bussola, the producer, was taken over by its current winemaker in the 80s from his father. He continues to use older varietals like Corvina Grosso, and to use older techniques, but for the "Ripasso," which is relatively recent in its techniques. Round and very well integrated, having most of the boozy, mentholated, dark fruit characteristics of a great Valipolicella.

2 people found it helpfulJan 7th, 2016