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High-Scoring, Top Vintage Super Tuscan at an Everyday Price - Our Best Selling Italian Red - 03/02/2017 - Italy

Ask anyone at K&L for one of our best Italian reds, or everyday values from anywhere, and odds are they’ll make a beeline for La Massa. It is a stunning value considering the terrific 2013 vintage, unanimous critical acclaim from the industry’s top critics, and simply how beautiful it is drinking today. Suckling and Galloni even have it shoulder-to-shoulder with their $75 flagship Giorgio Primo bottling. Inspired by a winemaker’s dedication to Bordeaux and some of the great terroir surrounding Chianti, Giampaolo Motta certainly made a statement with this vintage and crafted a Super Tuscan that over-delivers on many levels.

This top selling Tuscan red it derives its splendor like any great wine from careful work in the vineyard. With plenty of density, power, and vivacity it displays a warm and inviting personality along with a delightfully engaging textural element. Very drinkable on its own, yet with enough structure to pair with heartier fare it is a strikingly versatile red. If you are on the hunt for a terrific house red, this 2013 is an ideal pick - go ahead and load up and enjoy over the next five to ten years. Classy, classic Tuscan reds at such an affordable price are a bit of a rarity, so don’t miss your chance to pick up one of our favorite sub-$20 reds.

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2013 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A solid and chewy young red with dried blackberries, licorice and hints of toasted oak and walnuts. A full-bodied, energetic red from the Chianti Classico region of Panzano. Needs two to three years of bottle age." (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2013 La Massa opens with superb depth and textural richness. Inky blue/purplish fruit, smoke, white pepper and violets are all super-expressive. Pliant, concentrated and deep, the 2013 is shaping up to be a real beauty. I especially like the delineation and focus here. This a gorgeous La Massa. (AG)" (09/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (ML)" (09/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A tightly woven texture embraces the black currant, blackberry and iron flavors in this red. Almost jammy, this is balanced, showing richness and a vibrant finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. (BS)" (02/2016)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2017

If you love super Tuscans and expensive Napa Cabernet, this La Massa is a must try for you. This Toscana has all of the dark color, flashy richness and power of its more expensive neighbors, but not the price.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 13, 2016

I was lucky enough to try this wine twice, once when it first arrived last month and just today. And it was a great change! Giving the wine time to settle brought it back to the luscious wine it was meant to be. The big juicy, ripe nose on this wine had my mouth watering right away. When I took my first sip the deep fruit created a beautiful blanket for the dry spice and earth. The wine had smooth, yet prominent tannins and a long, dry finish with deep plum flavors. Easy to enjoy!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2016

When winemakers in Italy started producing non-traditional Tuscan blends back in the 1970s, it was a huge leap forward for steak-lovers everywhere. Now, they could combine the wild-fruited savoriness of Sangiovese with the structure and substance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. La Massa is a fantastic version of this style of wine at a price miles below some of its counterparts. Pure flavors of blueberry and blackberry ride perfectly integrated tannins with just a touch of earthy savoriness. The finish keeps that dark-fruited sensation just going and going! If you enjoy a good steak, I think youll find this to be a flawless pairing.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2016

While Ive always been able to count on La Massa to be crowd-pleasing and food-friendly, this vintage is more toned and focused, with greener aromatics, lovely acid, and slight spice notes. This is an elegant wine that manages to be both soft and structured. Fans of juicier California style will appreciate the dark berry fruit, but this outstanding bargain is solidly Tuscan.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 06, 2016

The 2013 captures the essence of what made the last several vintages so successful: a complex nose of cedar and spices with juicy black currant and blueberry fruit on the palate all framed by supple tannins. A touch more aromatic and lifted with a step back in density than the 2012, this is more my own personal style. For those in the know, this reads like a top Super Tuscan wine but for pennies on the dollar.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 06, 2016

For me, this is really a superb reflection of all of Giampaolos vineyard work. The wine is a delicious blend of 60% Sangiovese, which gives the wine a structural backbone, 30% Merlot, which adds some meat, density and richness, with Cabernet Sauvignon lending authority and direction even at this small amount, while Alicante Bouschet adds some personality, spice and a little bit of nastinessit kind of reminds me of Giampaoloand it all seamlessly blends together. It is a superb blend, and once again, highly awarded.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 19, 2016

This vintage of La Massa strikes me as a benchmark as the wine has moved from a full-bodied international version to a more classic yet full-bodied and savory Tuscan style blend. It's exceptionally balanced with a smoothly textured palate of layered black and red fruits with bright acidity throughout. Giampaolo Motta continues his impressive streak of great "La Massa" wines and this may very well be his best yet.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 13, 2016

The absolute perfect Tuscan under $20. Not with the ripe dense intensity of last years, but with so much more depth and complexity it's impossible not to LOVE! It's soft and open, but very with this wonderful acidity that makes it ultra quaffable. The key here is balance and this beautiful red fruit that's almost impossible to describe properly. This bombastic nose is balanced by great herbal quality and this beautiful dried floral component. Maybe not as hedonistic as some would like, but for me this is the clearly best Massa I've tasted.