This time I splurged a bit.
I had heard of Masi as an Italian producer of Amarone, but they make Valpolicella and other wines as well. This particular wine was a recommendation from Jerry who authors the blog Cheers!
It is a 2003 Masi Campofiorin. It is a big red, and is done in the appassimento (semi-drying) style.
In a nutshell, some of the grapes (Veronese grapes, mostly Corvina) are laid out to dry, there by concentrating the flavors. This dried sweetened fruit is then fermented and added back into the original barrels of wine, for a double fermentation, a process that Masi created in 1964 and named ‘Ripasso’
The process gives a very distinct, syrupy, thickness and flavor to the wine. This wine is a beautiful deep color, it is rich, has a lot of body and has a velvety finish.
I can taste plum and a hint of prune. It is more lively than an Amarone, is very easy to drink and at $15, it is definitely worth the money!
I’m a sucker for a beautiful wine lable, so the detail and little cherub are an added bonus.