A zesty blend from our three mountain vineyards at 1000 to 1700 ft overlooking Chiles Canyon. Dark cherry and raspberry flavors with tinges of bay leaf and clove. Accompanies wood grilled vegetables and marbled meats.
Fruit is destemmed to open top fermenters, Cold soak for 3 days and fermented 7 days.
Aged 14 months in 70% American Oak – 20% new, and 30% French Oak
Winemaker David Guffy selected grapes from three of California’s premium Cabernet winegrowing regions — Mendocino County, Lake County and Napa Valley — to create this wine. Mendocino fruit contributes spice and mid-palate weight, lake County adds the classic red fruit profile of Bing cherry, and Napa Valley maintains our signature style and structure, and flavors of black fruit and cassis.
Bright violet color. Spicy cherry and black raspberry on the fragrant, spice-accented nose, with complicating notes of black pepper and smoky oak. Chewy, taut dark berry flavors show very good depth and appealing sweetness. Tannins build on the juicy, spice-accented finish, which is sharply focused and nicely persistent. This wine offers outstanding value.
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. ”