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As the festive season approaches, the Wine Enthusiast’s long-awaited Buying Guide (December 2014 edition) has awarded exceptionally high scores to five Masi Amarones.

Championship points for the Vaio Armaron cru Amarone, produced on the historical Serego Alighieri estate, and for Costasera, Masi’s flagship Amarone, which both get 95 points, the kind of score reserved for the world’s greatest wines. Excellent scores also for some prestigious Amarones from the Cantina Privata Boscaini collection: Campolongo di Torbe (93 points), Mazzano (92 points), and for Riserva di Costasera (92 points).

Tasting notes for all of these wines are found below.

Vaio Armaron 2007: 95 points

“Aged cherry-wood casks, this opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, leather, black cherry and baking spices. The delicious palate offers plum, cake, nutmeg, baked fruit, cocoa and cinnamon alongside velvety-smooth tannins. It’s both elegant and opulent, and while it’s extremely accessible now, it will also age well”.

Costasera 2010: 95 points

“Ripe dark fruit, nutmeg, clove and tobacco aromas lead the nose on this boldand balanced wine. The rich palate delivers black plum, raisin, cinnamon, black pepper and licorice supported by velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Combining elegance and power, it boasts wonderful depth”.

Campolongo di Torbe 2007: 93 points

“Incense, forest floor, raisin and mocha are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this intense Amarone. The rich palate delivers plum, blueberry extract, espresso, chocolate-covered cherry e vanilla that are supported by firm, round tannins. It has good length and finishes on a note of bitter prune”.

Mazzano 2007: 92 points

“Blue flower, tilled soil, underbrush, tobacco and dried-cherry aromas waft from the glass of this single-vineyard bottling. The warm palate delivers raisin, prune, graphite, mocha, vanilla and a hint of orange peel alongside bracing tannins. The long finish closes on a mineral note”.

Riserva di Costasera 2009: 92 points

“This toasty expression of Amarone delivers espresso, subtle oak, plum cake and smoky aromas. On the palate, notes of tobacco leaf and grilled herbs accent the primary raisin and prune flavors alongside tightly packed tannins that need a few more years to unwind. Drink after 2017”.

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