2011 La Massa "Carla 6" Toscana

SKU #1202415 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (6/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
A tiny production of pure fruit (named after Giampaolo's daughter and the vineyard parcel number) that shows that classic, high-toned Sangiovese cherry-like note on the nose. On the palate, the wine is modern, flashy and sleek. Made in new French oak, this is supple, warm and soft, with a delicate, lingering finish.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 14