Masi Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico
£44.99

Vintage      2011

Country      Italy

Region       Veneto

Appellation    Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Grape        70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara

Alcohol      15%

Closure      Cork

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 Slavonian casks.

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.

Press       “Finely balanced and silky, with the herb, mineral and woodsy spice elements of a more traditional version, bolstered by plenty of ripe wild cherry and dried strawberry fruit. Fresh and medium-bodied, delivering light, dusty tannins on the coffee-tinged finish.” – 91 points, Wine Spectator, April 2016