As was entirely predictable, I declared spring to have sprung, and the following day it was cold and frosty. This would sadden a lesser person, but for me it was an opportunity to snuggle under a blanket with a lovely warming wine. I haven’t yet sunk to the level of wearing a slanket.
This Masi Campofiorin 2010 came from Italy, via Waitrose. The bottle looked lovely, with a wonderfully overstated label, full of delightfully Italian flounce.
It was ruby red, bright but with a real intensity of colour and thick, colourful legs. It smelled Italian, with fresh squished cherries and a little spice and just the slightest hint of balsamic and cigars. The wine is double fermented with the wine being made in a standard fashion and then fermented again with some grapes that have dried out, raisin style, to give it an extra depth. It also seems to give it bonus smoothness as well as complexity.
It’s dry with soft tannins and a medium acidity. The flavour really shines fresh and fruity with cherries and plums, but with vanilla and sweet Christmassy spice underpinning it and a touch of oldness that isn’t quite chocolate, cigar box or leather but somehow manages to be warm blanket in front of a roaring fire, but as a taste.
I liked it a lot and will be happy to see a few more cool weekend nights before the summer, giving me another chance to drink this.