Ambitious, quality-driven Paolo Masi is definitely at the top of his game, with plaudits from major critics like Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, and Italy’s leading wine guide Gambero Rosso, where his handcrafted wines have been praised for their “irreproachably clean fruit and abundant personality.”
Thanks to a 20-plus-year relationship with his family’s small estate, you enjoy special access to his small-batch ‘Super Tuscan,’ a rich style that blends Tuscany’s native Sangiovese with international Cabernet Sauvignon. Acclaimed wine writer Natalie MacLean once referred to it as “lipsmacking delicious. Such an amazing wine for the money,” and last vintage, it also scored a gold medal and 90 points at AWC Vienna 2016 and a gold medal at the 2016 Vino Ljubljana show. We’ve been waiting (rather impatiently!) for Paolo’s 2015 to be released – and you’ve got first crack at it.
The cuvée name, Verso Cielo, is a reference to Paolo’s special vineyards, planted “facing skyward” in the hills of the premium Chianti sub-zone of Rufina. This ideal exposure helps grapes soak up lots of sun, yielding fuller, more robust flavors in the glass. A generous, 14-month slumber in fine oak adds even greater complexity. Look for deep aromas and flavors of raisin and blackberry, plus notes of black currant, strawberry, freshly brewed coffee, and toasty oak.
Paolo makes limited barrels of this special red – early orders are highly recommended.