Both grapes are vinified separately. After fermentation, the wine is blended and aged for another 14 months in (used) French oak before bottling.
Paolo Masi buys the grapes for this wine every year, from the same farmer and from the same vineyard.
The vineyard is planted vertically rather than horizontally. The vines therefore go ‘up and down’, which is called ‘Erta & China’ in an old Tuscan dialect.
A winemaking family at heart, the Masi family has been making wine in the Chianti region since 1900. The winery is located in the well-known wine village of Rufina, where they make Chianti, Chianti Riserva and some more modern styles.
For example, the Rosso di Toscana ‘Erta e China’, which literally means ‘up and down’, referring to the manual harvest in the vineyards of Rufina.
The Masi family have been making wine for three generations. From the beginning until now, the leading philosophy which has distinguished our work has always been the same: producing wines with an excellent quality/price relationship. To obtain this, year after year we have searched for and selected the producers who can guarantee a constant high-standard quality level, and we have created a long-term relationship of cooperation with them, including our consultation on how to manage the vineyard, with the aim of reaching the highest quality.
About our work, we have been said: “The role of the negociant is scarcely understood in Italy (…). Yet the activity needs to be done well. And a family interpreting this job with ability is Masi of Rufina, with the father Renzo and the son Paolo, graduated agronomist in Florence”. (Daniel Thomases, I VINI DI TOSCANA).
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
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Rosso Toscana IGT