An original still going strong, the Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese. Bulk Buy!
A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara from Verona, Veneto, Italy. The wine is made using the Masi double fermentation technique where the wine is vinified and them re-fermented with 25% whole, semi-dried grapes. The wine is aged 2/3 in large 90hl Slavonian oak botti and 1/3 in new French and Slavonian oak barrels.
Sample submitted for review. The Masi Campofiorin has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $14. Imported by Kobrand Corporation.
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This logo countersigns Masi’s expertise in the XXI century in enhancing aromas and tastes using also lightly semi-dried grapes (leggero Appassimento).
The original Masi wine made since 1964 using local Veronese grapes and produced with a technique developed by the Masi Technical Group. Rich, intense, with good length and soft tannins. Service temperature: 18C (64.4F)
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 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 check out our Ask The Expert question on Why is Amarone So Expensive?)
The 2014 Masi 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, licorice and spice. It ends with a long, slightly grippy finish featuring soft tannins and more rich and savory fruit plus lingering spice and 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.
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