who grows the grapes at Cosimo Maria Masini? who makes the wines?
Francesco is a humble and curious grower for whom the connections between people are as important as anything he might produce. Over the past few years, this spirit seems to have been transmitted into the wines. They are clean, direct and unassuming, and they are an absolute pleasure to invite to a meal.
The team at the Masini estate always includes a few WWOOFERs as the family wants as many people, young and old, as possible to learn about what organic farming really entails. In addition to their international volunteers, a gentleman named Fedardo has been tending the vineyards, the olive trees, and the gardens for the last nine decades,. Pictured below with Francesco he was born on the estate. After nearly a century of vintages he still comes to work on a scooter and spends all day outside. During our last visit, he was finishing up the last of the pruning in the olive trees. Himself. At 90+ years old. This little biodynamic estate might just have a fountain of youth somewhere on the premises.
what wines do they make at Cosimo Maria Masini?
For the whites, Annick includes more or less equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, vinified without oak, while Daphné is their pure Trebbiano, fermented on the skins of the grapes and aged on it’s lees. Daphné is a bit of a wild hare in that it shows a bit like a red wine in tastings and can pair with a surprising range of dishes, including, but not limited to, well, small game like hare.
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when did Cosimo Maria Masini start? when might you open a bottle?
There are wines from the estate for most any type of meal. Sincero and Annick are wines of preparation, i.e. we drink them most often while cooking and preparing a meal. Nicole is Sangiovese as Pinot Noir, or perhaps Nebbiolo; light tannin, elegant fruit and bright acidity.
where is Cosimo Maria Masini?
Well versed Italian gourmets will know San Miniato as the Tuscan home of the white truffle. A rare treat that perfumes risotto, accompanies Daphné gracefully, and is fêted at the end of November each year at the world reknown San Miniato truffle festival.
why is Cosimo Maria Masini a candid wine? why might you want a taste?
We have never visited a more integrated farm in our travels to vineyards across the world. There is a palpable vitality at the estate that shows in the wines. Native yeast and predominantly concrete fermenting tanks transfer the purity of the juice into each bottle, and we think their wines are an example of the best of what can be grown in Northern Tuscany.
And the German sales manager? She is Lee Greene, who many in the US now know as the founder of The Scrumptious Pantry, which does for food producers what we aim to do for wineries – promoting the best products available and the people who make them possible. No surprise then that her uncle’s recommendation proved fruitful.
how is the wine made at Cosimo Maria Masini?
In all honesty, the vineyard look a mess, until you look more closely, and then they look alive. Where neat rows, carefully pruned vines and weed free dirt are the hallmarks of many vineyards that surround Tuscan villas, these vines are wild, the soil is alive and the resulting grapes are unique.
The winery follows biodynamic methods and is part of the Renaissance des Appellations producer group.