Tommaso Bussola 2017 'Ca' del Laito' Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC

Tommaso Bussola 2017 'Ca' del Laito' Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC

Item Number: 16412

UPC: 8-110620002932

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub Region: Valpolicella
Appellation/AVA: Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 35% Corvina / 30% Corvinone / 30% Rondinella / 5% Molinara
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 280-450 meters

Vineyard Notes: The Ca' del Laito bottling is sourced from a range of vineyards in the area of Montecchio di Negrar. The vineyards are Coste (planted in 2015), Senge (planted in 2000), Cain (planted in 2005), Coare Longhe e Giulia (planted from 1990-2000) and, starting with the 2020 vintage, from Trapola (planted from 1940 to 1990!).

Winemaking process: The grapes are picked and selected during the first and the second week of October. They are immediately pressed and put in steel tanks where indigenous yeast naturally start the fermentation after 24 hours. For the next 15 days, pump overs are performed. After fermentation finishes, the wine is moved to a stainless steel tanks where it’s left for 6 months. In April, after the Bussola Amarone is racked off, the Valpolicella Classico is put with the skins of Amarone where a second fermentation begins which will last 15 days. During this time several pump overs and skin submersions are performed until fermentation completes. The Bussola Ripasso is then moved to steel tanks. After 10 days it is racked off to wooden barrels for aging.

Aging: 24 months of aging; 30% in 500-liter tonneaux thrice used, 25% in 225-liter barriques thrice used, 45% in 25-Hl barrels

90pts (2018 vintage) Wine Spectator 3/31/2023
"A dark, rich Valpolicella, exuding steeped blackberry, date, ashy smoke and fragrant accents of violet, wild sage and warm brown bread. Medium-bodied and creamy, with supple tannins and a touch of coffee liqueur on the finish. A distinctive version. Drink now through 2028."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (4/14/2022)

    The 2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Ca' del Laito impresses with its lift and grace, as autumnal spiced cherry-berry fruits are complemented by hints of sweet oak. This is silky and elegant with ripe red and black berries that coast along a vibrant core of acids, as hints of dark chocolate and clove come forward toward the close. It's long yet very soft and nuanced through the finale, leaving just a hint of lavender to linger. This is a balanced effort for the vineyard, yet I find myself craving more depth.