Innovative wines from Veneto
In March 2014 I was first acquainted with wines from the Veneto producer Massimago. I was completely seduced by the innovative wines produced by the genius Camilla Rossi Chauvenet. The property was brought to life as late as in 2003, and the first vintage was born the following year. The word Massimago is a play on the Latin term "Maximum Agium" which means "The most benefit". They only produce 4000 bottles of this lovely bubbly rosé and its produced only 1 km from the estate of Roccolo Grassi in the eastern part of Valpolicella at an altitude of 150-300 meters above sea level.
Dource: www.massimago.com samt www.clubamarone.se
This week I got a big positive surprise when a friend was kind enough to give me a bottle Mago. The wine is not sold in Sweden yet but this made me extra curious, because I think that the area also produces magically good white and rosé wines, although Veneto is best known in Sweden for its red wines, especially the Amarone.
My curiosity for this rosé bubbly became so strong that it was already opened this weekend. And what lovely wine experience it surely was.
The wine is made from 100% Corvina (red wine grape that is used in Amarone) harvested in August. The color is exactly the one I think rosé wines should have, just a touch of pink apricot color and beyond what strawberry color is.
The fragrance is seductive with a combination of minerals and splashes of strawberry, peach and finally apricot freshly harvested from the Amalfi coast. And the taste gives me goose bumps which occurs only 5-10 times a year when I drink something extra special. Aromas of super tasty minerals washes over the palate and adds itself as a comfortable blanket over the taste buds. The fruit with subtle tones of wild strawberries together with a perfectly balanced acidity create something extraordinary and thankfully the wonderful taste stays in the mouth for a long time. Have tried many bubbly wines from Franciacorta (Italy's answer to Champagne) but this beats everything in comparison.
Too bad that the wine is not yet available for purchase in Sweden, but if it arrives here I will be first in line.