Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC 2018

Masi Agricola

Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC 2018 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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2018 vintage
88 Points

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2018 vintage
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harvest note

Although the 2017 wine-growing year was among the poorest in the last fifty years, in 2018 we returned to average values with reference to full production years. The 2018 wine-growing year has been characterised by a sometimes tropical spring climate, with strong and abundant rainfall alternating with hot and sunny days. Temperatures in general above the seasonal average have led the shoots to thrive. Despite the frequent rainfall, total precipitation was not above the seasonal average, guaranteeing an extremely healthy crop and at the same time an increase in terms of quantity, up 10% compared to 2017.

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.

technical data

GRAPES: 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
APPELLATION: Valpolicella Classico DOC
PH: 3.41
ACIDITY: 5.30 g/L
ABV: 12.34%

points of distinction

  • Ernest Hemingway has called Valpolicella “a light, dry red wine, as congenial as a brother’s house.”
  • 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.
  • 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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