With Tupungato, Masi combines its refined double fermentation technique with the outstanding terroir of the Uco Valley in Argentina. Passo Doble Rosso gets its Argentinian characteristics of ripeness, power and expressiveness from the Malbec grape, while its Corvina component gives it the style, elegance and warmth typical of wines from the Veneto. Masi’s specialty process of double fermentation is used with fresh Malbec grapes and a percentage of lightly-dried Corvina grapes. Vigneti La Arboleda is within the renowned wine region of Mendoza. Vineyards are situated at 950-1050 meters elevation in the Tupungato valley, with organically poor soil composed of many stones, sand and chalk, with good mineral content. Malbec grapes are gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The second fermentation uses selected yeasts and 30% of whole Corvina grapes given a brief appassimento treatment before pressing. Fermentation is followed by final fermentation and malolactic. The wine is aged in French oak barriques and a period in bottle.
Decanter World Wine Awards2015 vintage
This deep red-dark violet wine displays complex ripe red fruit aromas, with vegetal and licorice notes. Baked plum and cherry flavors are full-bodied with an initial spicy grassy-ness that evolves into a soft, long finish, with vanilla traces.
Pairs with a wide variety of foods, including grilled or roasted red meats, game birds, mature and strong-flavored cheeses.
points of distinction
- Combines Masi's refined double fermentation technique with the outstanding terroir of Uco Valley in Argentina's Mendoza region.
- Blends Argentinian characteristics of ripeness, power and expressiveness from Malbec with typically Venetian style, elegance and warmth from Corvina.
- Double fermentation gives full aromas, structure and soft tannins to a quality wine with long ageing potential.
about the grape +
Corvina has bright, relatively delicate cherry fruit flavors, with high acidity and pronounced aromas of cherry, bitter almond and spice.
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
“Masi wines must have a recognizable character, a unique style, and be approachable and pleasant to drink.” – RAFFAELE BOSCAINI, GENERAL COORDINATOR OF MASI TECHNICAL GROUP
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