Masi, Costasera Classico 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella

17.5

Full bottle 1,495 g. First vintage was 1948 although the wine has only been called Costasera since 1998. It’s their flagship Amarone (they make five Amarones: this, a Riserva of this, and three single-vineyard bottlings) and is a blend of several south-west-facing vineyards. Costa means hills, sera means evening, so the name reflects the evening sunlight that is crucial for the ripening of these grapes for their Amarone. The terroir is also influenced by the reflection of sunlight off Lake Garda. 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara. All the grapes go through the appassimento process for three to three and a half months. The law is 60 days, but they always press the grapes in the new year. Aged two and a half years in 600-litre oak barrels and the wine spends time in big botte at the end of the process. At least one year in bottle.
Up there with one of the most elegant, fresh Amarones I have tasted. Fresh and dry from the outset, yet filled with the unbridled celebration of everything Amarone. Exotic leather, fruit-cake density and richness, a charred-nuts savouriness with dark spices, dried sour cherries, deep herbs. Superbly elegant. An Amarone for anyone who finds Amarone too sweet, too alcoholic, too oaky or too much. This is the ultimate expression of what Amarone should be, expressed with the ultimate restraint. VGV (TC)

Producer
Masi
Cuvée
Costasera
Classification
Classico
Appellation
Amarone della Valpolicella
Region
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
15%
Score
17.5
When to drink
2022
2030
Published on
4 May 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
£36.99 RRP Waitrose, Majestic Wine, Taurus Wines, The Bottle Stop and various independents