Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 94.5 points

  • nose: very deep nose right off the bat filled with rich tones of dark chocolate, raisins, black currants, black cherries, liqueur and cassis tones

    taste: full bodied with chewy tannins along with deep and rich tones of dark chocolate, liqueur, raisins and loads of black cherries. The tannins are still a bit chewy and holding it back a bit right now

    overall: This is an extremely good wine right now, but still a bit raw. This has the ability to be a major stunner with more time as all the materials are there

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  • Stunning nose and palate that developed beautifully over 3 1/2 hrs of drinking. Even out of the bottle it was showing well, but in 1/2 hr or so started to really come out, and by 2 hrs was a real "meditazione" wine. Tobacco and leather on the nose that turns into cedar, licorice, dark fruit on the palate with ongoing smoky notes. Some slightly sweet carmelized notes that were balanced by all the earthy elements. It just keeps on rolling with every sip and echoes down the taste chamber! (I did feel the 16% in the morning a bit)

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  • Some development. Like a dry vintage port on the light side. Raisins and tobacco, long and full with some complexity. Although I am sure this is technically dry it has a definite sweet taste. Tried to reindeer beef, but the wine was a bit too hefty even for such strong tasting game.

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  • wonderful! one can't sense the 16%alcohol but the smoky, earthy nose with blackberry, tobacco, sweetish tastes and long finish is just plain great to drink!

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  • This has an outstanding nose that possesses layers or rich fruit, spice, prune, chocolate and raisin notes, all with almost no hint of heat or alcohol. Rich, decadent and I could just smell this all night. The palate is stunning as well and possesses a full, silky texture, a solid mid-palate and shows more spice and subtle wood notes on the medium length finish.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 'TB') Tommaso Bussola designates his wines as BG and TB, the latter being the finer. This wine has a lovely, dark colour, a dense and glossy hue, although not inky or black. It doesn't prepare you for the nose, which is dense, powerful and impressive. Aromas of blackberries and chocolate fill the room, and closer examination reveals notes of black pepper and pickling spices. The palate is luscious and sweetly textured, from entry right through to the finish. Despite it's full body, ripe, spicy tannins, power and grip it has delightful balance. There are piles of fruit, with notes of coffee grounds and more of those spices. It finished very well, with tremendous length. A wonderful melding of elegance and power.

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