Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva
Producer: Renzo Masi
Description: Dry Red
Vintages Available: 2009
Country, Region: Italy, Tuscany
Quality Level: Classic
Ratings: Wine Spectator: 88/100 (2007 Vintage), Wine Spectator: 91/100.
This Chianti Riserva is made from a blend of Sangiovese and a touch of Canaiolo grapes from the Chianti Rufina area. It is only produced in very good vintages, and is released after 30 months of aging, as required by law. A warm and inviting red with concentrated nose, full and fleshy plumy palate and refined tannins.
The Masi family has been making wine for three generations. It currently produces a wide range of wines (white, rose, red and dessert) from a variety of grapes all of which come from vineyards owned by the family in Rufina (“Fattoria di Basciano”) and from other long-established vineyards situated around Rufina (except for the “Bianco Vergine Valdichiana”). Currently, Paolo Masi carries out the family’s philosophy of producing excellent quality/price related wines. Paolo emphasizes the long term relationship of cooperation with each grower. He consults with them in the vineyard to obtain the highest quality and will pay higher prices for lower yields in the interest of better wine.
Renzo Masi’s Chianti is made from a combination of estate fruit and purchased fruit from the Rufina district, one of the best areas of Chianti. It is produced for early drinkability but can also be cellared for a few years.
A classical red wine vinification is utilized followed by a period of maceration (skin contact). The actual maceration lasts about 25 days.
The wine completes its malolactic fermentation in the weeks following the racking and then is aged in oak barrels for about 14 months. Before its release, it matures in bottles for at least three months.
Intense, ruby red colour. Extremely perfumed and aromatic nose, with fresh fruit (cherry and raspberry) and floral flavours. On the palate it is smooth and balanced, with medium body and silky texture.
13.5% alcohol, 3.8 gr/l residual sugar, pH 3.6 , 5.2 gr/l total acidity.
The wine represents a perfect match for fresh and seasoned cheeses, grilled or roast meats and will accompany any dish of the Italian Cuisine.
Serving temperature: 18°C.
Although ready to drink, it will benefit further from 2-3 years aging under suitable conditions.