I’m very happy to present my tasting notes from the event, as well as two recipes, courtesy of Michelle Lawton of Joyful Plate.

2006 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico – The nose showed dark fruits, black cherry and espresso bean. On the palate, it was beautifully balanced and fresh, something I don’t often expect from an Amarone, yet the Costasera had it in spades. Rich red and black fruits swept across the palate with hints of spice and perfectly integrated vanilla. The finish was long with dark fruit and a hint of bitters. 90pts

2003 Masi Vaio Armaron Serego Alighieri – The nose showed ripe black cherry, herbs, minerals and a hint of barnyard. A truly Italian wine in that earthy, wild and sexy way that makes so many of us fall in love with Italy. On the palate, it was smooth and bursting with spicy cherry jam and cherry wood, dry but with velvety tannin, which promises over a decade of development. The finish lasted for over 30 seconds and added cocoa and aged wood to the canvas. I truly loved drinking this wine.  93pts

2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Mazzano – The nose showed rich black cherry, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of old wood and tobacco. On the palate, it was full-bodied and balanced by juicy acidity with firm tannins wrapped in sweet raspberry fruit, plum and hints of cinnamon stick. The finish was long with sour cherry and chocolate flavors. 92pts

2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Campolongo di Torbe – The nose showed raisins, bright cherry, tree bark, herbs, leather and a hint of citrus. On the palate, it had gripping tannins, but was perfectly balanced by rich red fruit, dark chocolate and sweet spices. The finish was long and elegant with sweet red fruits and slight drying tannin that promises long-term development in the cellar.  92pts

2007 Masi Casal Dei Ronchi Recioto Classico – The nose showed dark chocolate covered cherries with cinnamon and earth. On the palate, it was plush and mouth coating, as flavors of macerated cherries, Christmas spices and vanilla saturated the senses. The finish lasted for over a minute with sweet ripe cherries and clove.  90pts