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Masi Bonacosta

Valpolicella Classico,
 2018

$16.99 $16.29/bottle

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Description

Valpolicella Classico, praised by Hemingway as “a light, dry red wine, as friendly as the house of a favorite brother”, is made here in an elegant style full of simplicity and freshness. Made in the Valpolicella Classica region from a blend using the traditional Veronese grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara

Variety: Valpolicella Classico
Region: Veneto, Italy
Winemaker: Masi
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Medium intensity cherry red. Intense bouquet with ripe cherry aromas. Fresh with good acidity, soft and silky tannins. Cherries are the dominant flavor, with hints of vanilla

John's Notes

“Light, fresh, fruity, and way too easy to drink” was the consensus our tasting sub-group reached on a relaxing night that consisted of drinking wine, renting a movie, and eating too much. Quite enjoyable

Masi’s Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2018 presented energetic aromas of juicy red cherry plus strawberry, red plum, and cranberry followed by hints of cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, and a subtle earthiness. The star of the super-smooth palate accordingly was the bursting red cherry notes supported by strawberry, red plum, a touch of spice and a pinch of earthiness

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Masi

  • The Masi story began in 1772, when the Boscaini family acquired prestigious vineyards in the small valley called “Vaio dei Masi”, which is the origin of the company’s name
  • After more than 200 years of passionate winemaking the company is still in family hands, run by the sixth and seventh generation

Variety:  Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Region: Bonacosta, Valpolicella Classico DOC, Veneto, Italy

Climate:

  • Veneto has a warm continental climate with an average growing temperature of 65 – 70°F as moderated by the cooling influence from altitude
  • The vineyards’ altitude provides cooling relief as do breezes from Lake Garda
  • Bonacosta is at the foot of the hillside vineyards in the classico zone, which is richer in top-soil and benefits from soft valley breezes

Viticulture:

  • The Boscaini family has selected the best vineyard sites in the foothills and hilly areas in Valpolicella. Particular attention has been paid to the enhancement of individual sites (cru vineyards) that express the excellence of the area and from which wines with unique personalities can be produced
  • Valpolicella Classica is a valley that is subdivided into three constituent valleys: Negrar, Marano and Fumane, each scored by its eponymous torrent, all tributaries to the Adige River that laps its southern limits
  • Its territory, mainly hilly, extends north of Verona, to the foothills of the Veronese Prealps. Lake Garda is its western border, and the Lessini Mountains provide protection to the east and north
  • Vegan Friendly: Masi does not use any animal by-products or allergy causing products in the wine production

Alcohol: 12.0%

Pairs Well With:  Soups, pasta and risotto

Reviews

James Suckling (89): Tangy and bright with sliced-apples, cherries and hints of watermelon. Light body. Fresh finish.  11/7/19

Wine Spectator (85): Light, taut tannins are layered with notes of crushed cherry, forest floor and dried fig, plus a touch of orange zest, in this easy-drinking, light- to medium-bodied red.  6/30/20

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