Masi Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2015
Proud, majestic, complex and exuberant: this is Masi's gentle giant. A benchmark for the Amarone category, which, together with Barolo and Brunello, makes up the aristocracy of the Italian wine world.
The product of Masi's unrivalled expertise in the appassimento technique, whereby traditional grapes for the Valpolicella Classica area - Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara - are laid out on bamboo racks to concentrate their aromas during the winter months.
"This opens beautifully to reveal violets, blueberries, licorice, citrus, oyster shell and orange rind. So velvety and polished, but with real depth and structure. Medium-to full-bodied with delightful fruit and a long finish. Drink in 2021 but already so satisfying." James Suckling, 95/100
"Vintners in Valpolicella love the 2015 vintage because it produced the dry conditions and warm temperatures that are perfect for appassimento, or air-drying fruit. The Masi 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera opens to a dark-garnet and velvety-rich appearance. The bouquet offers lots of depth and power, especially in terms of those savory tones of smoked spice and leather. The spice frames a core of baked fruit and sweet blackberry confit. This is a round and supple blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara (aged mostly in Slavonian oak with some Allier for up to 30 months). Production is a generous 620,000 bottles."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 93/100
96 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating