2011 La Massa "Carla 6" Toscana (Previously $75)
This red shows pretty blueberries, lightly toasted oak and meat. Full body with soft and round tannins and a fruity, blueberry finish. A new pure Sangiovese from Giampaolo Motta of La Masa. Stylish. And in a Burgundy bottle. Try this in three or four years to soften.
Hints of vanilla, caramel and bourbon mark this well-oaked red. Bright black cherry and plum flavors form the core, showing concentration and a grainy texture. Still compact and monolithic, yet long. Needs time to integrate. (BS)
Fruit of the Earth, Spirit of Man: La Massa’s mission statement is passionately lived by owner Giampaolo Motta. Giampaolo is an interesting man. Having studied winemaking in Bordeaux, he loves the wines of Bordeaux. You might think that Giampaolo would have thrown out all of the Sangiovese and just go French, but he really loves that grape—it’s what brought him to Chianti in the first place. But he was truly scientific about it: he kept Sangiovese where it grew best. In fact, in a newly replanted parcel he’s planted 100% Sangiovese.