Gambero Rosso’s guide, Vini d’Italia 2015, gives Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) to Masi Riserva di Costasera
Amarone 2009. Always at the top of international competitions, in Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate above all, this Amarone Riserva is a prestigious cuvée of Costasera
Amarone Classico. The grapes are given a longer appassimento and longer ageing in fine wooden casks, and besides the traditional Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, the blend also includes Oseleta, the indigenous grape rediscovered by Masi in the ‘80s which is used to confer extra tannic structure and colour on the wine.
The grapes come from the Valpolicella Classica region's best hillside vineyards, facing Lake Garda and the sunset. This means they benefit from light reflected from the water and the naturally mild climate of the area, which helps them to achieve perfect ripeness.
The resulting wine has an intense nose of fruit preserved in spirit, bitter cherries and spiciness. Full-bodied with freshness deriving from firm acidity and good structure from the tannins, softened, however, by the grape appassimento