Masi Campofiorin 2014
Representing the sixth generation of family ownership and management, Sandro Boscaini heads Masi Agricola today. For over 200 years, the Boscainis have been vignerons and winemakers in Valpolicella. The name Masi comes from “Vaio dei Masi,” the little valley purchased by the Boscaini family in the late 18th Century. Carefully considered purchases in the best wine growing areas of the Veneto were made over the years. Rooted in the Veneto's history and tradition, Masi Agricola also manages the most historic estate in Valpolicella, which once belonged to descendants of the legendary 14th Century poet Dante, the noble Serego Alighieri family. Recently, Masi Agricola has developed projects in Argentina and Tuscany, in collaboration with Serego Alighieri.
Campofiorin is the original “Supervenetian,” made with Masi’s double fermentation technique. A specialty wine, this red is made from local Veronese grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara vinified and then re-fermented with a small percentage of semi-dried grapes of the same varieties. Vineyards in the valleys of the Veronese hills have similar conditions to the original “Campofiorin” vineyard in Marano di Valpolicella, with very deep alluvial and eocenic limestone soil. Fermented wine from fresh grapes is re-fermented with 25% of whole grapes semi-dried (for about 6 weeks) of the same varieties. After fermentation, malolactic begins immediately. The wine is aged in wood, 2/3 in Slavonian oak botti, 1/3 in Allier and Slavonian barrels of 600 liters, new, and a period in bottle.
With an intense, ruby-red color and violet traces, the wine shows generous, ripe aromas of plum and cherry jam, with hints of spice. Bold and rich flavors of bitter cherries and berry fruits stand out on the palate, with good acidity, balance and velvety tannins. This very versatile wine is perfect with many different foods, including pasta with rich meat- or mushroom-based sauces, grilled or roasted red meats, game and mature cheeses.
James SucklingAn extremely floral red with a wealth of blueberry, dried strawberry and orange peel aromas. Full bodied with polished tannins. Excellent.
Bottle ShopSmooth, supple and harmonious with a layered palate of crushed black cherry, subtle spice, dried figs and minerals. This is so easy-to-like, rich yet elegant, it will pair well with many Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Wine EnthusiastYou'll find alluring scents of iris, blackberry and nutmeg on this blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. The savory palate delivers ripe plum, black cherry, carob and a touch of licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Enjoy through 2022.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Campofiorin represents a special 50th anniversary (1964-2014) bottling of this unique wine. The bouquet is steady and smooth in delivery with a steady succession of black fruit flavors followed by smoke, ash, licorice and road pavement. Campofiorin is a Valpolicella-inspired red blend that sees a secondary fermentation on the skins of Amarone. This process gives the wine intensity and power that is just one step shy of its big brother Amarone. This vintage is a touch leaner and thinner in terms of mouthfeel. Happy birthday Campofiorin.