An unforgettable vertical Amarone tasting has been held in the Argento room of the Palaexpo at the Veronese exhibition in the presence of the Italian and foreign press and a selected audience of experts. A 30-year sampling that represented a means of appreciating its many facets and reconstructing the technical, scientific and stylistic evolution of the great Veronese red and its rise to success in logical succession.
Taking centre stage at the vertical tasting were two of Masi’s most emblematic Amaroni, the Vaio Armaron di Serego Alighieri – from the historic estates of the descendants of the celebrated poet Dante in Valpolicella since 1353 – and Mazzano crus, the latter produced from the vineyard of the same name with a calling for wine-growing and qualities which have been known since the 12th century, also in the Valpolicella Classica area, repeatedly defined as the prototype of Amarone.
In chronological order through 3 decades of history, from the 1988 vintage to 2007, 8 examples of Amarone were tasted and presented by speakers from the Masi Technical Group, thus highlighting the multidisciplinary expertise of this team at the same time. Sandro Boscaini, President of Masi, known to most also as “Mister Amarone”, highlighted the historic and traditional aspects of Amarone as the man who experienced this wine personally from its début on the international market. Lanfranco Paronetto, the Technical Coordinator, explained the technical and scientific aspects in greater depth, speaking about the biology of Amarone, yeasts and noble rot in particular. Andrea Dal Cin, the Technical Director, stressed the particular aspects of processing the dried grapes from vineyard to vinification. Finally, Raffaele Boscaini, Group Coordinator, illustrated what Amarone means today for consumers all over the world and the major role that it has established in representing Italian products.
Raffaele Boscaini ended with this statement: “The thirty-year association of Masi with Veronafiere means that we can now go back over the history, traditions and technical transformations of a Veronese wine that has succeeded in standing out through its unique qualities in the international wine-growing scene. A scientific approach and then knowledge of the phenomena involved constitute the foundations on which to build the Amarone of tomorrow. We hope to be able to meet, perhaps even in advance, the expectations of wine lovers all over the world.”
“The Masi Seminar represents one of Vinitaly’s major assets in terms of technical and scientific research applied to the vineyard and wine-making, benefiting the entire sector and enriching and raising the cultural offering of the exhibition.” stressed Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of Veronafiere.
1. Vaio Armaron Serego Alighieri 1988
2. Mazzano Cantina Privata Boscaini 1988
3. Vaio Armaron Serego Alighieri 1995
4. Mazzano Cantina Privata Boscaini 1995
5. Vaio Armaron Serego Alighieri 1997
6. Mazzano Cantina Privata Boscaini 1997
7. Vaio Armaron Serego Alighieri 2007
8. Mazzano Cantina Privata Boscaini 2007
Tasting led by Ian D’Agata, Scientific Director at Vinitaly International Academy.