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Masi Toar 1993

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Winemaker Notes

For Verona and the Veneto this wine represents a "conceptual revolution": rather than stressing freshness and drinkability, which are usually considered major qualities for a wine made from fresh grapes, we have sought to make a wine with greater complexity and structure. The Oseleta, a deeply coloured local variety, rich in tannins and concentrated fruit, brings unusual body to the wine. However, it does not affect the typical characteristics provided by the Corvina and maintains the warm and appealing style of the reds from the Verona hillsides. Toar is a concentrated and intense dry red wine.

Vineyards are from selected areas in the hills between the valleys of Negrar and Marano in Valpolicella, normally dedicated to the production of Amarone. West-South-West exposure.

GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta. The third variety of the classic grape mix for Veronese wines, Molinara, is not used.

"Aromatic, stylish, seductive. Shows ample oak-barrel influence in its spicy flavor profile. Solid fruit flavor fills out its tannic but smooth-textured frame, and the lingering finish is a good sign."
-Wine Spectator

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Masi
Masi, Veneto, Italy
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Masi's production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style. In 1958, Masi was in the forefront of the work to identify the historic "cru" vineyard sites for Amarone. In 1964, Campofiorin was the first in a new category of wines, reinventing the technique of double fermentation and continually updating it. Masi has also updated the style of Amarone, using new appassimento and vinification technologies.

Masi wines are modern, attractive, well-balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for having "revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Venetian region." Hugh Johnson defines Masi as "a touchstone for Veronese wines."

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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