Renzo Masi

Three generations of the Masi family have embraced the philosophy of producing excellent price:quality wines. Current winemaker Paolo Masi emphasizes long-term relationships with each grower from whom fruit is purchased. In consultation with each grower the focus in the vineyard is to manage yields that allow for the highest quality fruit to be produced in the interest of making better wines even though the costs may be higher.
Rufina features as one of Chianti's prime areas and the R. Masi Chianti Rufina is made from a combination of fruit grown on the Masi's own estate along with that purchased from other growers. Following classical red wine vinification practices a period of skin contact of about 10 days extracts the right balance of fruit and color. While made in a style that promotes early drinkability, short-term cellaring of up to three years will have a positive impact on the wine.
Production of the R. Masi Chianti Riserva is limited to outstanding vintages. Skin contact of up to 25 days ensures optimal extraction and 14 months of barrel-aging lends the subtle characteristics for which the Masi's are renowned. Further bottle aging brings the wine to the legally mandated 30 months of aging prior to release.
Acting as consulting winemaker, Paolo Masi makes the La Bastarda and Il Bastardo wines, which focus on a fruit forward consumer-friendly style. These wines are made at the IL Bastardo winery located in the Rufina area of Tuscany just 20 km's outside of Florence in the Sieve River Valley.

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Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti Riserva 2015
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 “Although this bold Chianti is quite developed, its got plenty of savory character, as well as notes of bitter chocolate and dried sage. Full-bodied with plenty of supple tannins and lots of licorice and some herbal freshness at the finish.”-JS  “Renzo Masi is family run company
Item Number: 31069
Case: $167.40

Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti 2017
"Intense ruby red color. The wine is extremely perfumed and aromatic with berry, raspberry and floral aromas. On the palate it is smooth and balanced, with medium body and a silky texture. Paolo is a modern style winemaker, and his wines always have good dark colors, and elegant aromas. The wine is
Item Number: 9168
Case: $95.40

Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti Riserva 2014
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 “A simple Chianti that shows lots of richness and intensity with ripe fruit, light raisin and walnut shell character. Full body round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now.”-JS  “The Renzo Masi estate in the heart of Chianti Rufina owns 10 hectares of vineyards,

Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti Riserva 2013
"Deep ruby/garnet red color. Concentrated nose, showing plum and berry character. On the palate full and round, with soft tannins and a long fruity, peppery finish. Paolo is a modern style winemaker, and his wines always have good dark colors, and elegant aromas."-Winemaker's Notes  "The Renzo

Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti Riserva 2012
" Renzo Masi is family run company that has been making wine for three generations. The leading philosophy which has distinguished our work form the beginning until now has been the same: producing wines with an excellent quality/price relationship. To obtain this year after year we have searched

Renzo Masi 'Rufina' Chianti Riserva 2011
87  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 87 "The 2011 Chianti Riserva opens to a plush, dark color and midnight black consistency. The wine shows simple lines without too much in terms of complexity or underlying dimension. It takes a soft and easy approach with no blemishes or extraordinary points of excitement. Ripe cherry

Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina Reserva 2008
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"A warm, inviting red, matching sweet cherry, berry and spice flavors, with refined tannins, a fleshy profile and a mouthwatering finish. Should develop well. Best from 2013 through 2022." BS

Renzo Masi 'Erta e China' Toscana Erta e China 2008
87  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 87"Berry and spice aromas lead to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Equal parts Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010. 515 cases made."