Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Masi Amarone

If you are looking for a high alcohol wine, for example because you lost at the Melbourne Cup, you have a number of unattractive options: Californian Zinfandel and the Shirazes from Greenock Creek come to mind. A more interesting alternative is Amarone from Valpolicella.

Yesterday I had a rare 1990 Masi Campolongo Amarone. This wine is made after drying the grapes, usually on straw mats, for several months. This results in increased sugars and flavour concentration. This particular wine tastes of raisin and dark cherry, and tastes also a bit like dry sherry. The wine is very mourish, and elegant   for its high alcohol level (16%). It is an excellent partner to cheese, and my partnering with lamb worked also well.

Score: 94/+

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