Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
With sunset-facing slopes, Costasera the best terroir for producing high-quality Amarone in Valpolicella Classico. With a longer day, vines facing Lake Garda get reflected and direct sunlight, with soft breezes. Since the 1960s, Masi experts have confirmed the superiority of west-facing sites. Masi combines ancient varieties (Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara) and winemaking methods (vinifying grapes semi-dried on racks for 3-4 months) with modern techniques. Traditional 600-liter Veronese barrels have been re-introduced, the best to age this wine. By end of January, grapes lose 35% of their weight and develop highly concentrated sugars. Only Corvina develops botrytis. After gentle pressing; partially de-stemmed grapes undergo fermentation for 45 days in large Slavonian oak or stainless steel vats at low temperature. The wine is transferred to 30-40 hl barrels; alcoholic fermentation continues 35 days with alcohol-resistant yeasts, before malolactic. Aged 24 months; 80% in Slavonian oak botti, 40-80 hl, and 20% in small Allier and Slavonian oak barrels (40% new, 30% one year, and 30% two years old), and at least 4 months in bottle. Can age 30-35 years.
Wine Enthusiast2013 vintage
Wine & Spirits2013 vintage
2013 saw well above average rainfall in comparison to the last few winters and somewhat unstable temperatures. Spring was cold with temperatures generally lower than normal and plentiful rainfall. This led to budding being delayed by about 10-15 days. The abundant rain in the month of May and in parts of June gave way to an ideal summer with high temperatures, which were in fact above the norm for the month of July. This meant the grapes had ideal ripening conditions and were guaranteed to have good levels of acidity and to have accumulated good sugar levels. Picking began on 20th September.
Deep ruby red with brilliant reflections. Intense and elegant aromas of cherry and plum jam with spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves. Firm structure but very soft on the palate with velvety tannins and a marked acidity that balances the alcohol level well. Full flavoured with a fruity finish and soft spiciness.
Pairs well with grilled or roasted red meats and strong tasty cheeses, such as parmesan.
GRAPES: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
APPELLATION: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
ACIDITY: 5.73 g/l
AGING: Aged 24 months; 80% in Slavonian oak botti, 40-80 hl, and 20% in small Allier and Slavonian oak barrels
points of distinction
- Vines facing Lake Garda receive more direct and reflected sunlight.
- Costasera is a complex, modern Amarone with an ancient, majestic pedigree.
- Sunset-facing slopes make Costasera Valpolicella Classico's best terroir for Amarone.
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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