Thursday, November 8, 2007

Masseto - Merlot of excellence

Today I had a break in between tours. Perfect opportunity to do all sorts of things (laundry, cleaning) that I usually don't have the time to get done, but then at the end of the day I probably sat at the computer too much and got very little done!

I took a picture of my birthday present (the label to the left). I have to tell you about this wine, because it is one of the most excellent wines of Tuscany, maybe Italy. The name of it is Masseto and it comes from the vineyard that you see in the picture above - one little piece of land in the region of Bolgheri grown with the French grape Merlot.

The wine is aged in new French oak barrels and is released only a few years after harvest. It is almost impossible to get ahold of. It is not possible to buy directly in the winery and every restaurant and wine shop only gets a few bottles a year that the owners jealously guard.

I've had the fortune of tasting it twice in my life (a 94 and a 98 vintage) and I remember that never before had a wine drawn me in with its fullbodied complexity and smoothness. So, seriously one of the best wines I've ever had. And now I'm the proud owner of an '01 vintage that I'm (hopefully) going to (be able to) age for a future occasion!