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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

Member Reviews for La Massa Toscana

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Snooth User: lrgarza
778027256
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/24/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Baffetto de Roma
90230554
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/15/2012

Classy and inviting notes of suave blackberries with soft vanilla accents. Smooth body with well integrated tannins, fresh fruity finish of blueberries.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/14/2011

Dark, spicy, and juicy paired with my Kobe beef and short ribs. Paired well b/c the wine is still elegant and not too big and over powering.


Snooth User: steve16046
1085122827
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/08/2012

Let this decant for about 45 minutes while prepping dinner. Pours a bright purplish red color with dark pink hues around the edges. I gave a whiff upon opening and it was quiet, but after 45 minutes, the aromas are quite prevalent. Ample amounts of red cherries, raspberries, tobacco and garden herbs. Starts off with the cherry and raspberries hitting the palate first. In the middle there are undertones of thyme and sage along with some hints of tobacco. Finishes strong with a nice blend of cherries and herbs. This is a nice medium bodied wine that could have used a tad more acidity, but it is not flabby by any means. Leaves a nice moderately long lingering taste on the palate.


Snooth User: harvey613
3311732
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/19/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for La Massa Toscana

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 06/30/2014

Rich and harmonious, this offers black cherry, chocolate, spice and tobacco aromas and flavors. Lively and firmly structured, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante Bouschet. Best from 2015 through 2023.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 06/30/2014

The 2011 La Massa is 60% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante. The wine produces beautiful intensity and purity of fruit with dark notes of blackberry, leather and moist chewing tobacco. It glides over the palate with enormous richness and fleshy density. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2022.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/11/2012

The 2008 La Massa is a decidedly restrained wine for this house. Dark fruit, minerals and a variety of flowers are layered into an exquisite frame of impeccable elegance and pedigree.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 03/27/2013

The 2008 La Massa is a decidedly restrained wine for this house. Dark fruit, minerals and a variety of flowers are layered into an exquisite frame of impeccable elegance and pedigree. The 2008 doesn’t look to be a long-term ager, but it should drink nicely over the next few years while the fruit retains its juiciness. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 11/19/2013

Deep ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, sweet spices and vanilla, with a suggestion of roasted fruits. At once sweet and vinous, with juicy acidity lifting the flavors of blackcurrant, licorice and minerals. Finishes long, ripe and soft, with a note of licorice and considerable fleshiness. Those who appreciate soft, ripe wines will love this; I’d drink it over the next five or six years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 03/27/2013

Full-bodied, with gorgeous aromas of crushed raspberry and cassis, fine tannins and an attractive finish. There’s very attractive balance to this. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 03/26/2013

The 2007 La Massa reveals unusual harmony and grace. This expansive, generous La Massa offers plenty of perfumed red fruit, licorice, new leather and spices in a seamless, opulent style. The wine’s balance and sheer class are impeccable. In 2007 La Massa is 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 12 months in oak, 10% new. La Massa remains one of the top relative values in Tuscany. Anticipated maturity: 2009–2017.


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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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