Costasera, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico – Masi (75cl) DOCG Veneto
Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Grape: 70% Corvina 25% Rondinella 5% Molinara
Producer: Though run by the Boscaini family for six generations, it is really in the last
fifty years that Masi has established itself as one of the Veneto’s most
innovative wine producers. In the late 1950s, they identified certain historic
vineyard plots which are vinified as Amarone and bottled separately to
this day. In 1964, they launched the now-legendary Campofiorin, which
revived the technique of a second fermentation with semi-dried grapes.
Masi have also rescued the ancient Oseleta variety from extinction, and
continue to use it in two of their celebrated “Supervenetian” wines.
Vineyard: Masi’s hillside vineyards are on west and south-west facing slopes in
Valpolicella Classico. The vines face Lake Garda and benefit from the
reflection of heat and light, and its tempering effect on the climate. The
soil is red limestone and marl.
Winery: The best clusters of grapes were dried for four months on bamboo racks,
concentrating the sugars and losing 35% of their weight in the process.
After soft pressing and partial destemming, fermentation began in a
mixture of Slavonian oak and stainless steel tanks. After forty-five days,
the wine was transferred to large barrels for a further thirty-five days’
fermentation, followed by the malolactic. It was then aged for twentyfour
months in oak: 80% large Slavonian barrels, 20% in small Allier and
Taste: Bright and intense on the nose with aromas of preserved cherries and
dried plums together with hints of fruits of the forest and cinnamon.
Good weight from the alcohol and structured on the palate, opening out
to attractive aromas of cherries and vanilla. Long, velvety finish.
Taste “Light, taut tannins create a chewy frame for the flavors of wild cherry,
cured tobacco, woodsy spice and mineral in this creamy, medium- to
full-bodied red.” – 91 Points, Wine Spectator, February 2019
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