Masi Constasera Amarone is a proud, majestic, complex and exuberant wine, a benchmark for Amarone. Though run by the Boscaini family for six generations, it is really in the last fifty years that Masi has established itself as one of the Veneto’s most innovative wine producers. In the late 1950s, they identified certain historic vineyard plots which are vinified as Amarone and bottled separately to this day. In 1964, Masi launched the now-legendary Campofiorin, which revived the technique of a second fermentation with semi-dried grapes. Masi have also rescued the ancient Oseleta variety from extinction, and continue to use it in two of their celebrated “Supervenetian” wines. Masi’s hillside vineyards are on west and south-west facing slopes in Valpolicella Classico. This wine is called Masi Costasera Amarone because the best slopes, the “Costasera” face the sunset thus receiving a longer daily growing period. The vines also face Lake Garda and benefit from the reflection of heat and light, and its tempering effect on the climate. The soil is red limestone and marl. This wine is called Costasera because the best slopes, the “Costasera” face the sunset thus receiving a longer daily growing period.
For the Masi Costasera Amarone, the best clusters of grapes were dried for four months on bamboo racks, concentrating the sugars and losing 35% of their weight in the process. Soft pressing, partial destemming, fermentation and malolactic fermentation followed before the wine was aged for twenty-four months in oak: 80% large Slavonian barrels, 20% in small Allier and Slavonian casks. It was then bottle-aged for a minimum of four months. The blend is usually around 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara.