Riserva di Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012

Masi Agricola

Riserva di Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012 play

Region: Italy / Veneto
Grapes: 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 5% Molinara

Modern techniques are combined with ancient varieties (Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and the unique Oseleta grape, rediscovered by Masi), the "Appassimento" method from the Romans and traditional 600-liter Veronese barrels. Costasera’s slopes face the sunset, making this the best terroir in Valpolicella Classico. End of September or beginning of October, selected fruit is dried in special lofts for natural appassimento. By mid-February, grapes lose 40% of their weight and gain concentration. Only Corvina grapes naturally develop botrytis and Oseleta variety imparts tannic structure and deep color to the wine after drying. After gentle pressing and partial de-stemming, fermentation takes 45 days in large Slavonian oak botti or stainless steel vats at low, natural temperature. The wine goes into 30-40 hl botti, where final fermentation takes 35 days, with alcohol-resistant yeasts, then malolactic. Aged for 38-40 months in 600-litre Slavonian and Allier oak casks; 1/3 new, 1/3 year old and 1/3 two years old; minimum 6 months in bottle.

95 Points

Wine Advocate

2012 vintage
94 Points

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2012 vintage
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harvest note

The growing season in 2012 had mixed weather conditions. A dry and decidedly “warm” winter was followed by a very cold start to the spring. The hot, dry summer in turn accelerated the growing process, and ripening in some areas happened in the first ten days of September. The harvest began on the low levels from the 10th September and about one week later in the hills at 400m above sea level. High temperatures and the lack of precipitation over the summer caused a reduction in the quantity of grapes (-10%), but the quality remains excellent and the grapes themselves are healthy, small and widely spaced, ideal for appassimento with their good acidity and sugar-level readings. Outstanding vintage.

tasting note

Thick, deep, ruby red in colour. Elegant and intense aromas of ripe berry fruit and preserved fruit, accompanied by delicate hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Firm and full bodied structure on the palate, with silky tannins, smooth alcohol and a refreshing acidity to give balance and measure. Very long on the finish with tastes of maserated cherries and cinnamon.

food pairing

Pairs well with red meat and mature cheeses.

technical data

GRAPES: 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 5% Molinara
APPELLATION: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Riserva
PH: 3.53
ACIDITY: 5.95 g/l
ABV: 16%
AGING: Aged for 38-40 months in 600-litre Slavonian and Allier oak casks

points of distinction

  • Valpolicella Classico’s indigenous grapes are blended with the rediscovered Oseleta.
  • Costasera is the finest terroir for Amarone in Valpolicella Classico.
  • This special cru of Costasera is an Amarone benchmark.
  • Riserva di Costasera can age for 30-35 years.
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