La Massa Toscana 2012
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
Classy and inviting notes of suave blackberries with soft vanilla accents. Smooth body with well integrated tannins, fresh fruity finish of blueberries.
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.
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.
External Reviews for La Massa Toscana
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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