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La Massa Toscana 2012

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Just rated 93 Points in the new issue of Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate. Monica Larner was blown away and once again, this wine has earned outstanding press! Please note, this is due into our warehouse tomorrow! This delicious, ready to drink, red blend is 60% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante. This marks the 7th straight vintage this wine has earned 90 Points or better in the Wine Advocate. In fact, this vintage was the top rated yet! Not only that, Stephan Derenoncourt (with a huge history at estates like La Mondotte, Pavie Macquin and more) was hired as a consultant on this project. This stunning red is a big time value by the case. It is rare to find the consistency, vintage after vintage, that this wine has shown. Without question, buyers looking for something to pick up and enjoy right away, or put away for short term cellaring, will find a ton to love here. Last Friday, the newest issue of Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate was released and as we went through the new scores from Italy, this one didn't surprise us much. Now the 7th consecutive 90+ vintage from the Wine Advocate, this vintage looks to be the best of the bunch yet and may have in fact set a new standard. We were thrilled to learn our distributor had some in stock and the wine will arrive tomorrow! We are sure this will be something many of you will be talking about moments after you taste it for the first time!! "After spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo Motta left his family's leather business behind in Naples and headed north to work in Chianti where he learned the art of winemaking. Here and in Bordeaux, he developed the practices and philosophy that he would come to embody at La Massa, where Giampaolo owns 27ha of vineyards in the "Conca d'Oro", "The Golden Basin", of Panzano, Chianti. Acquiring this ancient, hilly property in 1991, with its vineyards that have been farmed since the 15th century, Giampaolo gained a reputation with the release of his first vintage of Giorgio Primo, one year later. Proceeding to produce two Chianti Classico wines until he decided to declassify in 2002, Giampaolo immediately gained and maintained a following. In 1998, Giampaolo released La Massa, another Chianti Classico wine that he declassified in 2002. Wanting the freedom to produce high quality wines that didn't require specific percentages of Sangiovese, Giampaolo decided to produce IGT wines that were driven by La Massa's terrior. Nowadays, Giorgio Primo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and La Massa consists of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot or Alicante B. On the heels of receiving spectacular scores from the Wine Advocate, in 2008 Giampaolo hired his good friend of 15 years, Stephane Derenoncourt, one of the most renowned winemakers in Bordeaux, to advise on vineyard management and in the cellar. Working together with great respect for the earth and the fruit, Giampaolo and Stephane practice "logical" agriculture, releasing Derenoncourt's first vintage in 2009. "We employ sustainable methods in growing grapes: no artificial fertilizers, but rather green manure. No herbicides, we use 'sexual confusion' as a pesticide, and very little spraying for peronospera," says Giampaolo. In the winery, they use natural yeasts, "since we have a high grape quality, very little sulfates for hygienic purposes of cleaning barriques and very little at bottling for conservation. We have kept the ecological equilibrium of La Massa intact." - Importer

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Fattoria La Massa:
Fattoria La Massa can be found hidden amongst the Chianti Classico hills of Panzano in the prestigious “Conca d’Oro,” (Golden Basin). It was acquired by its passionate owner, Giampaolo Motta, in 1992. Giampaolo, originally from Naples, came to the area in 1989 to follow his dream of making high quality wines. After working in some of the most famous Chianti Classico estates ... Read more
Fattoria La Massa can be found hidden amongst the Chianti Classico hills of Panzano in the prestigious “Conca d’Oro,” (Golden Basin). It was acquired by its passionate owner, Giampaolo Motta, in 1992. Giampaolo, originally from Naples, came to the area in 1989 to follow his dream of making high quality wines. After working in some of the most famous Chianti Classico estates and spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo established La Massa with the technical consultation of famed enologist and friend Carlo Ferrini. Since the end 2008, he relies on the advice of renowned Stéphane Derenoncourt for the vineyards and cellar. La Massa’s vineyards range in altitude from 315 to 460 meters (1,033 to 1,510 feet) above sea level, occupying an area of about 45 hectares (111 acres), of which 27 are planted with vines. As a result of a 10-year research project dedicated to understanding the distinct terroir of the area, a complete re-structuring of the vineyards has been carried out over the past few years, respecting the particular characteristics of the soil, geography and microclimate. The estate’s main varieties are the classic Tuscan Sangiovese as well as varieties more typical of Bordeaux, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Giampaolo is passionate about the great wines of Bordeaux and is convinced of the magnificent potential that these varieties have in the terroir of La Massa. In fact, since the 2007 vintage, he has decided to eliminate Sangiovese completely from La Massa’s flagship Giorgio Primo IGT blend, resulting in a wine that more fully represents his personality. La Massa produces two wines: La Massa IGT (predominantly Sangiovese, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and the winery’s first wine, Giorgio Primo IGT (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot). Driven by an unremitting pursuit of excellence, Giampaolo’s dedication and enthusiasm continues to be recognized worldwide, receiving accolades for his wines from the most important wine critics and publications. “La Massa has a long history of generations of people who have worked the unique soils of Panzano to cultivate the noble grapes of Bordeaux. In fact, the history of La Massa goes back to 1490 and the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have been here for nearly 400 years. I am dedicated to continuing this rich tradition at La Massa and bringing my own experience and knowledge with rigor and classicism to produce quality wine.” – Giampaolo Motta Source: http://vinconnect.com/wineries/la-massa/ Read less

Just rated 93 Points in the new issue of Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate. Monica Larner was blown away and once again, this wine has earned outstanding press! Please note, this is due into our warehouse tomorrow! This delicious, ready to drink, red blend is 60% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante. This marks the 7th straight vintage this wine has earned 90 Points or better in the Wine Advocate. In fact, this vintage was the top rated yet! Not only that, Stephan Derenoncourt (with a huge history at estates like La Mondotte, Pavie Macquin and more) was hired as a consultant on this project. This stunning red is a big time value by the case. It is rare to find the consistency, vintage after vintage, that this wine has shown. Without question, buyers looking for something to pick up and enjoy right away, or put away for short term cellaring, will find a ton to love here. Last Friday, the newest issue of Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate was released and as we went through the new scores from Italy, this one didn't surprise us much. Now the 7th consecutive 90+ vintage from the Wine Advocate, this vintage looks to be the best of the bunch yet and may have in fact set a new standard. We were thrilled to learn our distributor had some in stock and the wine will arrive tomorrow! We are sure this will be something many of you will be talking about moments after you taste it for the first time!! "After spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo Motta left his family's leather business behind in Naples and headed north to work in Chianti where he learned the art of winemaking. Here and in Bordeaux, he developed the practices and philosophy that he would come to embody at La Massa, where Giampaolo owns 27ha of vineyards in the "Conca d'Oro", "The Golden Basin", of Panzano, Chianti. Acquiring this ancient, hilly property in 1991, with its vineyards that have been farmed since the 15th century, Giampaolo gained a reputation with the release of his first vintage of Giorgio Primo, one year later. Proceeding to produce two Chianti Classico wines until he decided to declassify in 2002, Giampaolo immediately gained and maintained a following. In 1998, Giampaolo released La Massa, another Chianti Classico wine that he declassified in 2002. Wanting the freedom to produce high quality wines that didn't require specific percentages of Sangiovese, Giampaolo decided to produce IGT wines that were driven by La Massa's terrior. Nowadays, Giorgio Primo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and La Massa consists of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot or Alicante B. On the heels of receiving spectacular scores from the Wine Advocate, in 2008 Giampaolo hired his good friend of 15 years, Stephane Derenoncourt, one of the most renowned winemakers in Bordeaux, to advise on vineyard management and in the cellar. Working together with great respect for the earth and the fruit, Giampaolo and Stephane practice "logical" agriculture, releasing Derenoncourt's first vintage in 2009. "We employ sustainable methods in growing grapes: no artificial fertilizers, but rather green manure. No herbicides, we use 'sexual confusion' as a pesticide, and very little spraying for peronospera," says Giampaolo. In the winery, they use natural yeasts, "since we have a high grape quality, very little sulfates for hygienic purposes of cleaning barriques and very little at bottling for conservation. We have kept the ecological equilibrium of La Massa intact." - Importer

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