Here’s Chianti master Paolo Masi’s private collection Riserva. This Sangiovese-dominant red is only made in exceptional years, and only from his oldest vines (the lower yields make for intense flavors). It impressed top critic James Suckling, who rated it 91 points and raved: “shows lots of richness and intensely ripe fruit … Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.” Aged 14 months in fine French barriques (for extra complexity), with twoplus years in bottle, it’s the perfect red for your next Italian feast.
Since graduating top of his class at Florence’s wine university, “Paolo Masi has made an excellent impression with the estate wines of his family property,” says The Wine Advocate . Respected Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso also sings his praises, writing that his wines show “irreproachably clean, fresh fruit and abundant personality.” Paolo, pictured below with his lovely wife, Anna Rita, works his magic at the family estate in Rufina (more in the next section).