SRP of $19 and available for as low as $13. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Kobrand Corporation.
From the bottle:
“Appaxximento countersigns Masi’s expertise in the XXI century in the technique of obtaining greater concentration of aromas and tastes from grapes through the drying process.
Exclusive Masi ‘Supervenetian’ wine made since 1964 using red native grapes and produced with a technique developed by the Masi Technical Group.
Appearance: deep ruby red
Nose: ripe cherries and sweet spices
Palate: rich, powerful cherry and berry flavours, good length and soft tannins
Food pairing: versatile, excellent with pasta, risotto, grilled or roasted meat, and aged cheeses. To be served at 18C
Today’s wine is referred to as the original “Supervenetian” since it is one of the very first Valpolicella Ripasso wines. To find out more about the ripasso method, which involves using dried grapes during fermentation, take a look at our recent post on the Pasqua Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore. (And if you’re interested in finding out even more and why these wines can be so expensive we recommend checking out our friends at Wine Folly’s recent article “Why is Amarone Wine So Expensive?“)
The 2009 Masi Agricola Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese begins with a strong, beautiful aroma featuring black cherry, dried herbs, a little vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. The wine tastes smooth and easy to drink with great flavor — primarily tart and juicy black cherry, cedar, raisin and spice. It ends with good length, soft tannins and more rich and savory fruit plus lingering tobacco notes. This is a really tasty wine that shows that the original is still going strong!
On a side note, we found this bottle to be a wonderful match for my wife’s Pasta Fagiolo and, in fact, that pairing is what helped to bump my rating up to a bulk buy level. (It’s also why we only publish reviews based on drinking wine normally, not from quick tastings.) I would expect it would work just as well with many other similar Italian dishes so if you enjoy this style of food this is a great wine to keep on hand.