The Masi family has been making wine for three generations. The Fattoria di Basciano estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area. The vineyards are 985 feet above sea level on very stony soil, locally known as “Galestro.” The micro-climate, dry and breezy with a scarcity of rain and a remarkable range of night and day temperature in summertime, ideal for ripening grapes. The property consists of 86 acres of vineyard, 49 acres of olive trees, and 49 acres of woods.
Paolo Masi, current owner and winemaker, produces Carino Rosso Toscana IGT, a Super-Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah. “Carino” means “lovely, beautiful, pretty, or lovable” in Italian. This wine brings a bit of the “New World” into those hillsides of Rufina, a wine with complexity and depth, richness and elegance, at a great price.
The grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at 75 degrees. Maceration lasts 15-20 days. Part of the wine is placed in barrel for malo, and 2nd and 3rd fill French oak is used on 80% of the wines in the final blend. Oak aging time ranges from 10-14 months depending on the tannic structure of the components. A dark and opaque color with garnet hues greets you with aromas of black cherry, toasty oak, and vanilla notes. The warm spice is balanced by juicy berry and violet tones with ripe red fruits, subtle plum and strawberry flavors, and a hint of the secondary flavor characteristic that comes with maturity. The medium bodied frame is powerful yet balanced with a velvety texture and a smooth, lingering finish.