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2009 Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 3.0ltr

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RATINGS

94Wine Enthusiast

...delivers generous black cherry flavors, with hints of raisin, white pepper, nutmeg and chocolate...soft and round, with smooth, velvety tannins and compelling intensity.

92Wine Spectator

Rich and earthy, with a note of forest floor, this tobacco-laced version is firm and structured. The fine texture carries a core of plum compote, coffee, treacle, date and licorice. Offers a lasting finish of grilled herbs.

91The Wine Advocate

Immediate layers of dried fruit and pressed blackberry peel back to reveal etched mineral tones, loads of tobacco, exotic spice and even a hint of bitter chocolate...distinguished by its exceptional mouthfeel: Softness, thickness, sweetness and dark concentration are among its best assets.

91James Suckling

...blackberry and milk chocolate character. Medium body and silky tannins. Hints of bitter chocolate and fruit.

REGION

Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, usually called simply Amarone, was awarded its prestigious DOCG appellation status in 2009. Though lush, high alcohol content red wines have been made in the Veneto since the ancient Greeks settled there, the popularity of Amarone over the last few decades has resulted in international demand for the wine. Amarone is typically made from 45% to 95% Corvina, blended with Rondinella and other indigenous grapes. The blend is essentially the same as for Valpolicella, but Amarone is made from dried grapes, which gives it a rich, viscous quality and an alcohol content between 14% and 20%. Though Amarone is a dry wine, there is a sweet version called Recioto della Valpolicella. The recioto style wines are included in the DOCG, and the word “ripasso” on label usually indicates the sweeter style.