Renzo Masi "Erta e China" Rosso di Toscano 2017 - Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon
Strong floral and bright red cherry notes on the nose. As well as some noticeable vanilla and oak spices. On the palate, those cherry notes carry through with juicy medium-plus acidity. However, the flavors of red currant and tobacco leaf become more pronounced. Oak is present but approachable with the medium-plus tannins and medium-plus body of the fruit. Moderate length finish lingers on the fruit and tobacco leaf.
The Masi family has been making wine for three generations. Fattoria di Basciano is the estate owned by the Masi family since the beginning of 1900. It is located right in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area, on the top of a hill overlooking the Argomenna valley on one side, and the right bank of the Sieve river on the other. The vineyards are at an elevation of 300 mtrs. on sea level, lying on a very stony soil, locally known as “Galestro”. The micro-climate is ideal for the ripening of the grapes. It is dry and breeze, marked by scarcity of rain and a remarkable range of night and day temperature in summertime. The Riserva is produced in very good vintages only, from Sangiovese grapes grown by selected producers of the Chianti areas, mainly from Rufina and surroundings. Grapes: Sangiovese 95%, Colorino 5%. Fermentation with maceration (skin contact) of about 25 days at controlled temperature between 25° and 28°C. Ageing in French oak barrels for 14 months.