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Region: Italy
Varietal: Red Blend

Vintage: 2011

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RATINGS: 94pts Robert Parker; 91pts Vinous

Representing the sixth generation of family ownership and management, Sandro Boscaini heads Masi Agricola today. For over 200 years, the Boscainis have been vignerons and winemakers in Valpolicella. The name Masi comes from ’???Vaio dei Masi,’??? the little valley purchased by the Boscaini family in the late 18th Century. Carefully considered purchases in the best wine growing areas of the Veneto were made over the years. Rooted in the Veneto’???s history and tradition, Masi Agricola also manages the most historic estate in Valpolicella, which once belonged to descendants of the legendary 14th Century poet Dante, the noble Serego Alighieri family. Recently, Masi Agricola has developed projects in Argentina and Tuscany, in collaboration with Serego Alighieri. Masi Agricola exclusively produces wines of the top quality level. A specialist in producing Amarones and Reciotos using historic winemaking techniques, Masi is the leading Amarone producer, with 5 Amarones that account for 20% of total production in the Veneto. Made predominantly from indigenous grape varieties, the wines are crafted with a combination of the traditional appassimento method (drying the grapes), double fermentation using semi-dried grapes and modern vinification techniques. The blend of winemaking methods enhances the personality of each wine while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style.

TASTING NOTES: Wine Advocate 94 points - This is a beautiful wine by the technical winemaking team at Masi. The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera opens to a midnight black appearance and thick concentration. On first nose, you really get a sense of the power and depth of this wine. The bouquet is redolent of dried blackberry and plum with spice, barbecue smoke and cured meat. The wine is textured and powerful in terms of mouthfeel with a thick coating of dark flavors that wrap thickly over the palate. Masi’???s Riserva Amarone shows great results in warm vintages like this..May/2017

Vinous 91 points - Almost impenetrable deep ruby. Oak-dominated nose offers plenty of vanilla and sweet spice that push the ripe black cherry and prune aromas into the background. Then more vanilla in the mouth but with bright, juicy acidity and floral lift providing freshness and precision on the long rising finish. As always the Costasera Riserva, a wine dominated by its Oseleta presence (a grape variety that gives tannic, powerful wines), will need plenty of time to round out. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. (15.5% alcohol).Ian D'Agata, May/2017

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