Tommaso Bussola 'TB' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011
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95 Points Vinous
The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva TB takes its time opening up in the glass, emerging with rich black cherries offset by sour citrus. Over time, its fruit evolves more toward tart raspberry with holiday spices, brown sugar and incense. The textures are like weighty crushed velvet, slowly draped across the palate, leaving ripe black fruits and notes of chocolate, with sweet violet pastille and hints of roasted almond that last well into the finish. Round tannins linger but don’t get in the way of this deeply seductive and perfectly balanced expression. A few years of cellaring should unveil further aromatic depths that will heighten the experience, yet this is already pure pleasure in a glass.