Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC 2016

Masi Agricola

Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC 2016 play

Region: Italy / Veneto
Grapes: 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% 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.

89 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

2016 is the year when consistency and stability returned to climatic conditions, with no excesses in terms of temperature or humidity. Hot, sunny days and cool nights made for ideal ripening conditions; the grapes finished completely healthy and with sugar and acidity levels good enough to make this one of the best vintages of the last 50 years. The harvest began in mid-September.

tasting note

Bright red with purple tinges. Full bouquet with aromas reminiscent of cherries and green pepper. Smooth on the palate with delicate tannins and good acidity to give excellent freshness of taste. Long, fruity finish.

food pairing

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. Recommended drinking temperature 18° C (64° F).

technical data

GRAPES: 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
APPELLATION: Valpolicella Classico DOC
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 5.05 g/l
ABV: 12.37%
AGING: 4 months in 60-90 hl. Slavonian oak barrels. 20% of the Corvina is aged in new Allier and Slavonian small oak casks.

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 +
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“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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