Masi Osar Masi Agr. Rødvin Italia Veneto Øvrige 2001
Grape varieties Garganega 75%, Sauvignon Blanc 25%. Wine making Garganega and Sauvignon Blanc are harvested and vinified separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks (12-16°C). Selected yeasts are used. The Sauvignon is off-skin vinified for 15-18 days, but the Garganega has about 12 hours on-skin contact before a fermentation which lasts about 20-22 days. The Sauvignon finishes its fermentation in barriques, where it then remains for 3 months before being blended with the tank-fermented Garganega. Ageing 3 months: Garganega in 200 hl stainless steel tanks, Sauvignon Blanc in Allier oak barriques. After assemblage the wine is given 2 months bottle age. Ageing potential 3 years. Tasting notes Pale straw yellow with green tinged reflections. Intense and long lasting bouquet of green apples and peaches with nuances of orange blossom, roses and wistaria. Fresh acidity and good weight. Long aftertaste with marked hints of peach jam and cirus fruit. Smooth and well balanced. Analysis Alcohol 12.48% vol., sugars 3.7 g/l, dry extract 18.7 g/l, total acidity 5.80 g/l, pH 3.17.
The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscaini is the company president. The other members of the family involved are Sandro's children: Alessandra and Raffaele, and his brothers: Bruno who looks after the production processes, and Mario who is a sleeping partner in the company.
The nose showed rich black cherry, spice, dark chocolate, and a hint of old wood and tobacco. On the palate, it was full bodied balanced by juicy acidity with firm tannins wrapped in sweet raspberry fruit, plum and hints of cinnamon stick. The finish was long with sour cherry and chocolate flavors
The nose showed raisins, bright cherry, tree bark, herbs, leather and a hint of citrus. On the palate, it had gripping tannins but was perfectly balanced by rich red fruit, dark chocolate and sweet spices. The finish was long and elegant with sweet red fruits and slight drying tannin that promises long-term development in the cellar.
Excellent Valpolicella for the price. Similar wines would cost twice as much!
Three and a half glasses
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