Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Bonacosta is named for an area at the foot of the slopes where Masi grows grapes for Amarone, where gentle hillside vineyards have rich topsoil, soft valley breezes and excellent exposition. In the hills of the historic Valpolicella Classico zone, these vineyards have red calcareous sediment over basalt soils. Grapes are harvested separately; mid-September for Molinara and Rondinella, end of September for Corvina. Fermentation lasts 20 days at controlled temperature (77 - 82°F) using selected yeasts. Skin contact takes 16 days for Corvina; 10 days for Rondinella and Molinara. Then, the wine completes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged 6 months in 60 - 90 hectoliter Slavonian oak botti; 20% of the Corvina is aged in new Allier and Slavonian small oak casks, followed by 1 month in bottle.
2015 saw a hot summer, mostly, with temperatures above the seasonal average and an almost total absence of rain. Strain put on the vines by consequent lack of water increased polyphenols and sugars: vines are noted for their capacity to survive in difficult climatic conditions. The final phase of maturation was therefore excellent which led to the picking of healthy and mature grapes, in an ideal state for vinification, with notable complexity of aromas. Quantities were 10% above the average over the previous 10 years. The harvest began 10 days early: on the 7th of September for the red grape varieties. As expected, the vintage was exceptionally good.
The wine shows characteristic cherry and raspberry aromas, with notes of sweet spice, clove and cinnamon notes. Red berry and spice flavors on the palate are assertively fresh and vivacious, balanced by acidity and soft, noble tannins.
Versatile enough to go with many dishes. Perfect with soups, pasta and risottos. Very good with both simple and more substantial dishes based on red meat, or with fresh cheeses.
GRAPES: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
APPELLATION: Valpolicella Classico DOC
ACIDITY: 5.23 g/l
points of distinction
- Ernest Hemingway has called Valpolicella “a light, dry red wine, as congenial as a brother’s house.”
- A classic in the great Veronese tradition, Bonacosta is crafted in a contemporary style to make the wine elegant, simple and fresh.
- Bonacosta is the area at the foot of the slopes where Masi grows grapes for Amarone.
- Pairs with soups, pasta and risottos, with simple and more substantial red-meat dishes, and with fresh cheeses.
about the grape +
Corvina has bright, relatively delicate cherry fruit flavors, with high acidity and pronounced aromas of cherry, bitter almond and spice.
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