Masi ‘Costasera’ Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012

Estate: For over 200 years, the Boscaini family has been crafting wines in Veneto. Masi takes its name from the “Vaio dei Masi”, a small valley in Veneto purchased at the end of the 18th century by the Boscaini family. With an impressive range of wines, and an estate that includes the historic lands of the legendary 14th century poet Dante; the Masi name is instantly recognizable. Today the estate is headed by Sandro Boscaini, the 6th generation of the family, and have expanded their holdings, along with Count Serego Alighieri into Tuscany. Committed to preserving the land for future generations, Masi works closely with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, participating in various projects such as “Safeguard of Land and Seas”, a 3 year project measuring “the sustainability quotient for the entire wine production process from vine to wine, beginning with a calculation of the “footprint” of water and carbon consumption”.

Philosophy: “Quality begins in the vineyard.”

Winemaking: Committed to the environment and preserving their unique terroir, sustainable and organic methods are used, including biodiversity initiatives to protect the indigenous flora and fauna in the vineyards. Grapes are from vines located on western facing slopes facing Lake Garda. Traditional passimento winemaking methods are used, grapes are semi-dried on racks for 3-4 months, losing 35% of their weight and developing highly concentrated sugars. After gentle pressing; partially de-stemmed grapes undergo fermentation for 45 days in large Slavonian oak or stainless steel vats. The wine is then transferred to 30-40 hl barrels; alcoholic fermentation continues 35 days with alcohol-resistant yeasts, before malolactic. Aged 24 months; 80% in Slavonian oak botti, 40-80 hl, and 20% in small Allier and Slavonian oak barrels (40% new, 30% one year, and 30% two years old), and at least 4 months in bottle.

Harvest Note from Masi: High temperatures and the lack of precipitation over the summer caused a reduction in the quantity of grapes (-10%), but the quality remains excellent and the grapes themselves are healthy, small and widely spaced, ideal for appassimento with their good acidity and sugar-level readings. Outstanding vintage.

Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour, with inviting, concentrated aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry, along with a hint of baking spice and black pepper. A savory streak materializes between saturated layers of baked cherry, blackberry and plum. Wonderfully balanced and structured, with firm tannins and bright acidity. A dry, plush finish that goes on forever with eucalyptus, clove, chocolate, dark fruit, orange zest and peppery spice. Complex and intense, yet agile, silky and so easy drinking.

Pairing Suggestions from Masi: Grilled or roasted red meats, game, and hard cheeses like parmesan. Considered a ‘wine for meditation,’ to be sipped on its own, this is also a perfect after-dinner wine.

My Favourite Pairing Advice: “Avoid too much ceremony. Wine is for enjoyment, especially if there’s a fire going—it makes for the perfect atmosphere!” – Raffaele Boscaini, Director of Sales and Marketing and Technical Team of Masi Agricola

Blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
Italy
Bottled by Masi Agricola SPA
15% Alcohol
$50 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2042

Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator

 

 

Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

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