Masi Amarone Campoforin 2003


Listen to an interview on Grape Radio here.  Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes.  Partially dried in a method called “apassimento” where the grapes picked slightly under ripe and then dried in lofts for 3 months.  This reduces the water content of the grapes by about a quarter and some of the grapes will develop botrytis, the noble rot.  From there they do a second fermentation.  Anyway, listen to the podcast for all the details.  It is a fascinating interview.

This has a deep, dusty raisin character, but not sweet, unlike other wines with dried grapes such as ice wine or sauternes.  Super smooth, round.  Very drinkable with lots of red fruit – cherry mostly, maybe cranberry.  Great bang for the buck.  And I can add to my list of of grape varietals.    

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