2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana (Elsewhere $100)
Captivating aromas of blueberries, raspberries, violets and orange peel. Full body with crazy tannins.
The 2011 Giorgio Primo is just as beautiful today as it was last year, even if it has barely budged since then. Blackberry jam, spices, licorice, smoke and new leather meld together in a seamless voluptuous wine endowed with superb depth and pure textural richness. The oak still needs time to integrate, but there is a lot to look forward to here. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Giorgio Primo is the latest edition of one of my favorite Tuscan blends. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are the three pillars of this broadly textured red. Soaring aromas include dark cherry, marzipan and even a touch of chocolate cookie dough. Its texture is chewy, rich and syrupy and you definitely feel that 15% alcohol on the close. (ML)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Jammy, deeply pitched black and superripe red fruit aromas and flavors, along with a chocolatey quality that's obvious from the start and picks up steam with aeration. Plush and resoundingly fruity, bordering on jammy and over the top, with a broad, sweet, seamless finish redolent of blueberry liqueur and allspice. Those who are enthralled by flamboyant, opulent wines will find my score too low. (ID)
A rich, luscious red, whose fleshy texture envelops black cherry, plum and spice flavors, matched to well-integrated oak. This is approachable now, but will be better in a year or so. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2016 through 2024. (BS)