95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There is so much richness in the tar and dark fruit notes of the 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe that it is almost a meal in itself. There is plenty of ripeness from the hot vintage, but this 16% alcohol wine is just a bomb, with such a big payload of jammy blackberry that it comes close to being too much of a good thing. The blend is 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. This dark and brooding wine washes over the palate with thick waves of black fruit and mesquite spice intensity. Nothing goes unnoticed here: The power, the intensity and the opulence of the wine are taken to extremes in this dry vintage. Like the Mazzano, the Campo ages in large oak barrels for three years, while this fruit from the Capolongo di Torbe vineyard is grown at a slightly higher altitude than Mazzano, at 375 to 400 meters above sea level in Negrar, with red, limestone-rich soils. Some 15,600 bottles were made. - Monica Larner
95pts Wine & Spirits
Campolongo di Torbe sits at about 1,200 feet above sea level in Valpolicella’s Negrar commune, where the vines benefit from cooling breezes; this was especially so in the warm 2011 vintage, when Masi harvested about three weeks ear- lier than average. This wine, made from dried grapes, aged for three years in Slavonian botti and 600-liter casks, developing a voluptuous texture and rich flavors of spiced black plum and cherry. It layers notes of fresh tobacco, licorice and roasted coffee with velvety tan- nins, the wine remarkably integrated for a young Amarone. Delicious now, it has the structure and complexity to improve for more than a decade.
94pts Wine Enthusiast
Enticing scents of cocoa, blackberry preserve, new leather and baking spice fill the glass. The full-bodied palate combines velvety finesse and power, delivering spiced plum, raisin, clove and tobacco set against polished fine-grained atannins. Fresh acidity lifts the rich flavors while a licorice note lingers on the close. Drink 2021–2031. Cellar Selection
Opaque ruby red color. Intense and complex aromas of baked fruit and cinnamon. Rich, full-bodied and well-balanced, with ripe cherry flavors (sweet and marasca), baked plums and bitter almonds.
Excellent as an after-dinner wine, or to go with red meat, game, quails and richly flavored dishes. Very good with well-aged cheeses, such as parmesan, pecorino and gorgonzola.