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.
Blue Lifestyle2017 vintage
The 2017 vintage is characterized by widespread and unexpected frosts in the spring mixed with unseasonably hot weather and unusual droughts. In general, weather conditions led to early ripening, brought forward by about 10 days. The Refosco grapes for Rosa dei Masi are in perfect health. Quantities are below average because of the small amount of damage caused by late frosts but quality did not suffer.
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.
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: 5.05 g/l
AGING: Aged 6 months in 60 - 90 hectoliter Slavonian oak botti; 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 +
Corvina has bright, relatively delicate cherry fruit flavors, with high acidity and pronounced aromas of cherry, bitter almond and spice.
“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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