Tasting Notes ...
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RED WINE - MALBEC CORVINA - ARGENTINA
Origin: Argentina - Mendoza - Vigneti La Arboleda
Grapes: 65% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 30% semi-dried Corvina
Passo Dolble gets its Argentinian qualities of generosity, strength and exuberance from the Malbec grape, while its Corvina component gives it the style, elegance and warmth typical of wines from the Veneto. The double fermentation process using fresh Malbec grapes with a percentage of lightly dried Corvina grapes gives it full aromas, good structure, and soft tannins, making for a quality wine with the potential for long ageing.
Deep red colour with dark violet edges. Fragant and complex on the nose with ripe red fruit aromas. Up-front and powerful on the palate with hints of spice and mown grass opening out into flavours of ripe plums and cooked cherries. Long finish with tinges of sweet liquorice.
Passo Doble goes well with a wide variety of foods: grilled or roasted red meats, winged game, mature and strong-flavoured cheeses.
Serve at 18°C.
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|MASI IN ARGENTINA - TUPUNGATO
Masi Tupungato: Argentinian soul, Venetian style.
Oenological practices developed in the Veneto regarding viticulture, winemaking techniques and wine style can be exported and adapted wherever the natural and cultural location proves to be suitable. This is the philosophy that has lead Masi to Argentina, where excellent results have been obtained in the Tupungato Valley of the Mendoza region. In the "Vigneti La Arboleda" estate, alongside the vineyards of Argentina's flagship grapes, Malbec and Torrontés, other vineyards have been planted with traditional varieties from the Venetian regions and Masi speciality techniques, such as appassimento (laying grapes out to dry) and double fermentation, have been adopted for reds here too, thanks to the favourable climate. The wines combine the generous, firm and exuberant nature of Argentina with the relaxed, elegant and cordial style of wines from the Veneto. The vineyards have been adapted to the special needs of grapes from Verona with an innovative system of irrigation and humidification. The vinification cellars combine the familiar winery facilities of the Venetian region with the architectural style of the New World.
The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscaini is the company president. The other members of the family involved are Sandro's children: Alessandra and Raffaele, and his brothers: Bruno who looks after the production processes, and Mario who is a sleeping partner in the company.
Masi production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognisable 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".
Passo Doble - Red - Tupungato - Case 6x75cl - Masi