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Masi, Costasera, Amarone, Classico, 2009

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Masi, Costasera, Amarone, Classico, 2009

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Amarone, a big bold wine from Italy’s Veneto region deserves a special place in everybody’s wine cellar. Made from three native grapes from the Veneto, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. After the grapes are picked they are placed on straw mats and left to partially dry in the winery’s attics. Once the grapes begin to shrivel and the sugars are concentrated they are pressed. As the grape juice ferments all of the sugars are consumed during fermentation leaving a wine that usually has alcohol contents around 15%.
Masi, Costasera, Amarone, Classico, 2009 is one of the best examples of great Amarone. Masi ages their Costasera, Amarone for 24 months in a combination of large Slavonian oak barrels and smaller new and used oak barriques and at least 4 months in the bottle before being released.
Deep ruby red in color, the nose is filled with aromas of dried fruits, cherry anise seed, dark chocolate and wet leaves. The palate start with fruit forward cherry and dried fruits flavors. The rich earthiness follows with hints of spice and chocolate. There are mouth-drying tannins on the finish, which is long and dry with tangy acidity.
The Masi, Costasera, Amarone, Classico, 2009 can be enjoyed with dry aged cheeses such as parmesan, but I would choose a rich braised dish such as Osso Buco or braised lamb shanks.

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