Masi Costasera Amarone (750ml)
With roots in Valpolicella Classica, Masi produces and distributes Amarone and other premium wines inspired by the values of the Venetian territories. The Masi story began in 1772, when the Boscaini family acquired prestigious vineyards in the small valley called “Vaio dei Masi”, which is the origin of the company’s name. After more than 200 years of passionate winemaking the company is still in family hands, run by the sixth and seventh generations. Masi wines are modern, balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for being benchmark producer of Veronese wines.
Deep purple ruby colour; rich, ripe, plummy cherry aromas and flavours with hints of chocolate, spice and earth. Rich, powerful bouquet with aromas of baked fruit, cooked with herbs and spices. Cherry fruit preserve and cinnamon are the major components in this full- bodied wine with a firm, long finish. Excellent as an after-dinner wine, or to go with red meat, game, quail and richly flavoured dishes. It’s one of the best wine styles to pair with well-aged cheeses, such as parmesan, pecorino and gorgonzola.
The grapes grow on the costasera, the slopes that face the sunset and considered the best in the Valpolicella Classica zone for producing a high-quality Amarone. Here, where the day is longer, the vines, that overlook Lake Garda, benefit from the reflection of its light and its milder climate. Amarone is made using the appassimento technique, whereby traditional grapes for the Valpolicella Classica area – Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara – are laid out on bamboo racks to concentrate their aromas during the winter months. The wine is then made from these dried grapes; a classic fermentation in stainless steel and wood and barrel ageing before bottling. The minimum aging time is 2 years. Every producer can decide to extend this period, although the average is 3-4 years for a good quality Amarone.