2012 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • JS 94
  • WA 92
  • WS 91

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$39.94

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Reg: $49.94

$39.94

This product is
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JS 94
jamessuckling.com, October 2017
Lots of complexity comes through from the outset on the nose, borne out in terms of smoky black cherries, dried rose stems, asphalt, tar and licorice. Full, structured body that dives through layers of dark fruit, driven... Lots of complexity comes through from the outset on the nose, borne out in terms of smoky black cherries, dried rose stems, asphalt, tar and licorice. Full, structured body that dives through layers of dark fruit, driven along by active acidity all the way to the long but not cloying finish.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2017
The Masi 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera is a plump and rich wine that portrays the opulent characteristics of this hot vintage. Dark blackberry is followed by sweet tobacco, baking spice, tar or resin... The Masi 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera is a plump and rich wine that portrays the opulent characteristics of this hot vintage. Dark blackberry is followed by sweet tobacco, baking spice, tar or resin. This beautiful Amarone glides smoothly over the palate imparting dense extraction and dark fruit flavors along the way. The wine has the natural constitution to hold strong for the next decade. - Monica Larner
WS 91
Wine Spectator, October 2017
Light, grippy tannins frame this medium- to full-bodied red, which leans toward the traditional style, with a firm structure and notes of cured tobacco and forest floor. Well-knit and silky on the palate, offering ripe... Light, grippy tannins frame this medium- to full-bodied red, which leans toward the traditional style, with a firm structure and notes of cured tobacco and forest floor. Well-knit and silky on the palate, offering ripe crushed cherry and tarry smoke notes. Drink now through 2027. 41,000 cases made. –AN
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-region Amarone della Valpolicella
Vintage 2012
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

Label

Proud, majestic, complex and exuberant, this is Masi's gentle giant, a benchmark for the Amarone category, which, together with Barolo and Brunello, makes up the aristocracy of the Italian wine world.

Costasera is the product of Masi's unrivalled expertise in the appassimento technique, whereby traditional grapes for the Valpolicella Classica area - Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara - are laid out on bamboo racks to concentrate their aromas during the winter months.

Winery

Masi

Masi, one of the biggest and most important wineries in Valpolicella, is a family-owned and run company dating back seven generations. It derives its name from the Vaio dei Masi, the small valley purchased at the end of the 18th century by the Boscaini family.

Masi owns vineyards throughout the Venetian territories. The first purchases, which they began acquiring at the end of the 18th century, were in Valpolicella Classico and in other classic Veronese zones. They also went eastward to Friuli and northwest to Trentino. The latest purchases have been in the Tupungato Valley of Argentina.

The Masi cellars are amongst the biggest in Italy and include the experimental cellar where the Masi Technical Group apply and evaluate the most up-to-date technologies for vinification and refinement.

Since 1973, Masi has collaborated with the Conti Serego Alighieri family on their estates in Valpolicella, and more recently, with the Conti Bossi Fedrigotti family in Trentino, as part of an ambitious project aiming to rediscover the lustre of the farming and winemaking traditions of the nobility from the Venetian area.

Today, Masi is a leader in the production of Amarone and has acknowledged expertise in the Appassimento technique, a traditional method used in the Venetian regions to concentrate aromas and tastes in wine. The grapes are laid out on bamboo racks in drying lofts for the winter period before vinification. This technique is employed in an innovative fashion by the Masi Technical Group to make modern wines from semi-dried grapes.