Fattoria La Massa “La Massa” Toscana

Fattoria La Massa “La Massa” Toscana

2013

93

James Suckling

2013

92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2013

93

Antonio Galloni

2013

90

Wine Spectator

COUNTRY

Italy

WINE TYPE

Red

APPELLATION

Toscana IGT

AGE OF VINES

30 to 45 years

FARMING

Sustainable

SOIL

Clay schist, calcareous marl, siliceous limestone, sandstone

ALTITUDE

1,033 to 1,510 ft.

FERMENTATION

Wild yeast in barrel

AGING

10 months in French oak barriques, 20% new

DESCRIPTION

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.

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.

The 2013 La Massa is a delicious blend of 60% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot, with the rest being Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet. It opens to a bright ruby color with dark garnet intensity. This is a more feminine wine compared to Giorgio Primo, but the wine’s inner complexity and finesse are really quite remarkable. Bold fruit layers show intensity and purity, and the wine is impeccably clean and forthcoming. That same sense of purity is transported to the palate where fresh acidity works in nice contrast to the natural heft and structure of this wine. Best of all, La Massa is a great value.

2013

93

James Suckling

2013

92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2013

93

Antonio Galloni

2013

90

Wine Spectator