2009 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1138860 97 points James Suckling

 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.  (9/ 2011)

93 points 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.  (6/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5