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 September 2013 

 18/09/2013

Presenter: 

PDFPatrick (Paddy) Eyres, Bin21 Wines

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. 2012 Passo Blanco (Masi Tupungato)
Mendoza, Argentina
Bin21
£12*
12.5%. Pinot Grigio and Torrontes grapes. Good nose, a bit herbal. Not overly complex.
2. 2011 Masianco Venezie IGT
Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£11.99
13%. Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo grapes.  Complex, rounded with some tangerine and a pleasing sourness on the finish.
3. 2011 Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico
Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£12.99
12%. Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes. Fresh fruit approach with some cherry. A balanced, enjoyable, easy-drinking wine.
4. Campofiorin 2011 Rosso del Veronese IGT
Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£17*
13%. Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes. Nose slow to develop, a good wine with some discussion on whether it was better than the Bonacosta.
5. Inama 2009 Carmenère Più
Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£19*
12.5%. Carmenère and Merlot grapes. Soft fruit, needs more grip but a good wine.
6. 2011 Passo Doble (Masi Tupungato)
Mendoza, Argentina
Bin21
£12*
13.5%. Malbec and Corvina grapes. Sweet fruit approach, mid-palate acidity and a slightly bitter finish.
7. 2010 Corbec (Masi Tupungato)
Mendoza, Argentina
Bin21
£25*
14.5%. Corvina and Malbec grapes. Big fruit, but well-balanced and complex. Needs aging.
8. 2008 Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Veneto, Italy
Bin21
£35*
15%. Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes. Raisin nose, well liked but not as complex as expected and a touch "New World"

*Prices approximate, no fixed retail price indicated.

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from "Vaio dei Masi", the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Masi's mission and work practices make it one of the elite winemaking enterprises in the Venetian regions, making products that express the style, characteristics and values of the area. This makes it an ambassador for its region on both a national and international level. As such, the company is proud to be a founder member of various associations that promote the iconic brands of "made in Italy" around the world, including the  the Amarone Families, an association (with Marilisa Allegrini at its head) that was formed to protect the excellence of Amarone and to promote its image at an international level. The twelve names who founded the organisation are all specialist family companies with proven histories of quality Amarone wine production: Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Masi Agricola, Musella, Nicolis, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant'Antonio, Tommasi, Venturini, and Zenato. 

Masi now has lands in the best terroir sites of the Venetian regions with vineyards and historic estates. Since 1973, Masi has collaborated with the Conti Serego Alighieri family, descendants of the poet Dante, on their estates in Valpolicella. More recently, a collaboration has been launched with the Conti Bossi Fedrigotti family, who have always made wine with passion and skill in Trentino. Both agreements are part of an ambitious project aiming to rediscover the lustre of the farming and winemaking traditions of the nobility from the Venetian area.

Masi Tupungato is the name of Masi's winemaking project in the Mendoza region of Argentina, located in the Tupungato Valley at the foot of the eponymous volcano. This is the place Masi has identified as being the most suitable for the exportation of the grapes and the winemaking techniques native to the Venetian regions. The 140-hectare estate "La Arboleda" grows both Venetian and Argentinian grapes to take advantage of a particularly favourable climate and make wine using the Appassimento technique, a Masi speciality in which it has acknowledged expertise. The philosophy of the project is summed up in the phrase: "Argentinean soul, Venetian style".

Text from Masi Agricola: http://www.masi.it/eng
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