Masi Heats Up with Record Numbers in 2017 Wine Advocate Accolades

Jul. 10, 2017

Masi Wines with vineyard in background

Masi’s latest 2017 Wine Advocate Ratings are years in the making. More than 200 years, to be precise.

The latest rankings score six of Masi Agricola’s wines in the 90s, demonstrating the brand’s mastery of Venetian-style red table wines. Sandro Boscaini, who currently heads Masi Agricola, represents the sixth generation of family ownership and management of the brand. The Boscainis have been vignerons and winemakers in the Veneto for more than 200 years — and the name Masi stems from “Vaio dei Masi,” the valley the family purchased in the late 18th century.

For a distinct sense of the highly-rated Masi selections, check out the below reviews from award-winning and internationally renowned wine critic and author – Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner.

2009 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe

Rating: 97

The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe is an irresistible wine that delivers the very best of Valpolicella in body and spirit. This is an enormously rich and generous red wine that offers a compelling sense of balance and integrity. I am blown away: This is no doubt one of the finest wines made by Masi. It delivers a seamless array of aromas with dark fruit, blackberry confit, baking spice and barbecue smoke that leave a lasting impression. The mouthfeel is robust and richly concentrated. In theory, the 16% alcohol should be very evident, but in fact it is expertly woven deep within the enormous textural richness of the wine. This is a bold expression no doubt, but it delivers its exuberance and power with an impeccable sense of grace.

Drink Date: 2018 – 2035

2009 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano

Rating: 96

The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano is a profound and stunning expression. Amarone hardly gets better than this. This top-shelf wine opens to a midnight black appearance and virtually no light penetration. The bouquet is balanced and complex at the same time and this is no easy feat for a wine made with air-dried grapes. Prune, black plum, blackberry confit, smoke, tar and barbecue smoke appear with carefully measured intensity. There is a point of sourness on the finish and the alcohol clocks in a 16%. Care should be taken when pairing this wine with food. Aged cheese or fatty meat dishes would make a fitting contrast to the mouth-cleaning power of this very rich and powerful Amarone.

Drink Date: 2018 - 2035

2011 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera

Rating: 94

This is a beautiful wine by the technical winemaking team at Masi. The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera opens to a midnight black appearance and thick concentration. On first nose, you really get a sense of the power and depth of this wine. The bouquet is redolent of dried blackberry and plum with spice, barbecue smoke and cured meat. The wine is textured and powerful in terms of mouthfeel with a thick coating of dark flavors that wrap thickly over the palate. Masi's Riserva Amarone shows great results in warm vintages like this.

Drink Date: 2017 – 2030

2011 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron

Rating: 92

The inky black 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron is a dark, deeply layered and sophisticated red wine. Do not underestimate the intensity of this wine. The aromas peel off slowly at first but quickly gain momentum. Dried blackberry, Spanish cedar, mahogany, campfire ash and barbecue smoke are delivered with carefully measured intensity. The mouthfeel is decisively firm and thick with a point of tannic astringency on the close. The finish is syrupy and savory at the same time.

Drink Date: 2018 - 2027

2013 Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro

Rating: 91

A good value wine, the 2013 Brolo Campofiorin Oro opens to a velvety dark appearance and shows thick layers of dried fruit, prune, spice and leather. The intensity is strong, yet it remains a clear step below Amarone in terms of power and muscle. This vintage offers good structure at the back with light touches of sweet and sun-dried fruit. This is a great wine to pair with barbecued meat.

Drink Date: 2017 – 2022

2013 Masi Campofiorin

Rating: 90+

The 2013 Campofiorin is a distant cousin of Amarone in that it’s made with semi-dried grapes. This process of "leggero appassimento" gives the wine that extra oomph and richness to stand up to hearty meat or game dishes. Despite that extra power and concentration, the wine makes room for delicate notes of black current and pressed rose petal. Spice and cured tobacco fill in the rear. This 2013 vintage shows balance and a tight spot of fresh acidity.

Drink Date: 2017 – 2022

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