The Wine Advocate
Rating: 93 (4/1/2012)
The 2008 Barolo is loaded with finesse and grace. Dark red cherries, flowers, spices, mint and minerals are some of the nuances that flow from this beautifully delineated, gorgeous Barolo. Floral notes reappear to frame the sublime finish. Altare’s straight Barolo doesn’t get as much recognition as some of his other wines, but it is once again fabulous in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.
This wine is in our cellar. Very Rare.
“Full, bright, deep red. Superripe aromas of strawberry, tobacco and cedary oak; smells considerably deeper than the ’98 Arborina. Then lush, layered and perfumed in the mouth; a very silky wine with a solid underlying backbone. Complicating note of tobacco. Finishes with serious but thoroughly ripe tannins and excellent persistence.” Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 11/01/2002) Rating: 94 points
“Offers forest fruit, with cream and pie crust on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, slight new wood tannins that lead to a rich and fruity finish. Layered and powerful for the vintage. Needs a little more time to come together.—’99 Piedmont blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2011. 500 cases made.” Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/01/2009) Rating: 93 points
GRAPE(S): 100% Petite Arvine
ALC BY VOL(%): 13.5
VITICULTURE: Practicing Organic
Winemaking Notes: Made from 100% Petite Arvine grapes planted in the Rovettaz vineyard at 700 meters altitude. The wine undergoes a long fermentation on the lees with repeated “batonage” for the first month after fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Bright and fragrant with notes of citrus and fennel, this wine has a solid structure that allows it to be enjoyed young or with substantial bottle age.
About the Estate: The estate encompasses seven hectares of vineyards. The domaine is located in the hamlet of Ollignan on the border of the towns of Quart and Saint Christophe and includes “cru” vineyard sites such as Tzeriat, Rovettaz, Creton and Touren in Quart, plus Tzantè de Bagnere, Merletta and Castello di Pleod in Saint Christophe. After starting out with the traditional Petit Rouge along with some Gamay, Pinot Noir and Petite Arvine, the Grosjeans have planted other local varietals such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta and Vuillermin. Sustainable farming techniques have been in place since 1975: only organic fertilizers are applied and no pesticides or herbicides are used. Natural yeasts are utilized for fermentation.
To be drunk with:
Ideal with local salumi and tajarin and other kinds of pasta. Perfect also with fresh cheeses.
Colour: ruby red with intense violet hues
Bouquet: strong and rich typical aromas of blackberries, raspberries and ripe cherries
Taste: a mouthfilling elegant character with excellent balance
The estate was founded in 1981 by Gianni Masciarelli, a pioneer wine producer in his native region of Abruzzo who raised the quality and reputation of the indigenous varietals – the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Masciarelli’s wines, which have earned numerous Gambero Rosso awards, appeal to expert and novice alike. Gianni, who worked tirelessly to secure his legacy as one of the true innovators in the Italian wine industry before his untimely passing in summer of 2008. Today, Masciarelli is the largest organically farmed estate in Italy.
Hints of smoke, dusty florals and dark berries are well integrated on the palate leading to a pleasantly persistent finish.
Amarone is a full-bodied wine for grilled or roasted red meats, game, and strong tasty cheeses, such as parmesan. Generally considered a wine for meditation, it is a great after-dinner wine.
This is one of the finest and most consistent set of wines I have tasted from Masi, one of the historic names in Veneto.”
The Wine Advocate
“A juicy Amarone that partners a silky texture with supple tannins, delivering dark flavors of brambly berry fruit and ripe black cherry, layered with smoke, vanilla, anise and clove. There’s seamless integration, with a long finish that echoes the pure fruit flavor. Drink now through 2030. 6,000 cases imported.”
“Costasera is a dark, brooding wine that boasts a dark side, aromatically speaking, in the form of Indian spice, clove, cola, cured meat, bresaola, blackberry and currant. The mouthfeel is dense, chewy and very, very opulent. ”
One of Masi’s unique speciality wines, made with the Masi double fermentation technique. A red wine made from local Veronese grapes vinified fresh from the harvest and then refermented with a small percentage of semi-dried grapes of the same varieties. It combines simplicity and grace with power and majesty. Rich, full-bodied, round and velvety, with an ageing potential of 10 to 15 years.
Deep bright red colour with purple edges. Ripe, fresh fruit and raisined fruit equally prominent on the nose combined with sweet spices, especially vanilla and cinnamon. Ample and complex on the palate, but well rounded and very easy to drink at the same time. The aftertaste has ripe fruit, cherry and bilberry flavours on the finish with hints of vanilla. Good length on the finish.
70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Named for the road going past the winery, SP68 is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato. This is a perfect balance of power and finesse; the Nero imparts rich dark fruits and the Frappato adds a high-toned raspberry note. Simply stunning.
Bouquet: Clean, generous and full-bodied
Grape variety used: 70% Negramaro; 30% Montepulciano
Ageing: 6 months in French and Russian barrels and 6 months in bottles
The Apollonio Copertino Rosso Rocca dei Mori has an intense ruby red. Elegant aroma of black fruit and violets on the nose, licorice. Good harmony. Bodied wine with spicy notes of black pepper and wild herbs.