2009 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $90)
Powerful aromas of dark fruits, minerals and hints of new wood. Super perfumed. Licorice too. Full bodied, with a seamless tannin texture and wonderful length. The wine is ultra-polished and long. Super structure yet full of finesse. Best after 2014, but so amazing to taste. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Giorgio Primo emerges from the glass with scents of blackberry, spice, leather, licorice and camphor. All of the elements are woven together nicely in this supple, juicy wine. There is a centeredness and focus to the fruit that is highly appealing. Giorgio Primo is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Proprietor Giampaolo Motta and consultant Stephane Derenoncourt have achieved remarkable polish and elegance here. The only thing missing is an element of visceral thrill. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
A suave, polished style, combining blackberry and black cherry flavors with vanilla and sweet spice notes. There's a light mineral element, and this is firm and long. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2022.
I've always been impressed with the wines that Giampaolo Motta has made at La Massa, and even more excited now that we are importing them directly. His small winery is just outside the village of Panzano in the heart of Chianti Classico; however, Giampaolo's heart has always been elsewhere...specifically, in Bordeaux. Giampaolo's Giorgio Primo is a classic Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Starting with the 2009 vintage Giampaolo brought in the famed French consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to help with both the grape growing and winemaking techniques. The yield is just over 2 pounds per vine, with an even more rigorous selection now done grape by grape in the winery. Giampaolo is no wannabe Frenchman--he just loves the flavors of Bordeaux varieties and would love for the world to think that his estate can produce wines the equal to those in Bordeaux. So all of you Bordeaux drinkers, the gauntlet has been thrown! Get yourself some Giorgio Primo! Only 1300 cases were produced. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)