2015 Bussola l’Errante TB Rosso Veronese
2015 Bussola l’Errante TB Rosso Veronese Like a bomb, the 2015 L’Errante explodes with medicinal cherries, blackberries, cloves, peppery florals and crushed ashen stone. It’s velvety and opulent to the max with balsamic herbs and spices, depths of molten chocolate, plums and ripe cherries. Mocha and brown sugar and even a hint of molasses linger, as the 2015 tapers of incredibly long and lightly structured. There is so much unbridled pleasure to be found in this showboat of a wine. L’errante is a blend of 50% Merlot to 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It goes through three months of appassimento and finishes with twenty-five grams of residual sugar per liter. It’s a big wine, yet balance is expertly maintained.
The story of the Tommaso Bussola winery began when Tommaso started working at the small estate of his uncle, Giuseppe Bussola. In the early years Tommaso followed in the footsteps of his uncle, making traditional wines in the classic style in Italy – which came to be labelled “BG” the initials of his uncle Giuseppe Bussola. His first vinification was in 1983 and in each successive vintage he sought to constantly improve the quality of the wine.
Ten years later, in 1993, in order to keep upping their qualitative game, they completed the construction of their new wine cellar, where stylistically, you can see many throwbacks to Tommaso’s previous career as a stonemason. Along with the new cellar came the introduction of some new barriques which would be used for the new top crus of the new line of TB wines and the single vineyard Vigneto Alto. Soon after, in 1995, Tommaso’s wife, Daniela joined in the adventure, focusing on the office and export markets. Years later in 2006, Tommaso’s son, Paolo, started working full time at the winery and soon began to take over the work in the cellar and become the winemaker as well as also following the work in the vineyard. Tommaso’s younger son, Giuseppe, followed suit in 2008 though Giuseppe works alongside his mother Daniela following the commercial side of the business and exports. Tommaso helps with everything but at this point, his primary focus is on the vineyards.