Taste of Italy 2-Pack - 2014 La Massa Toscana & 2014 Tormaresca Neprica (Elsewhere $30)

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Two for the price of one! We've taken two of our perennial favorites in Italian reds and combined them into one remarkable value. La Massa is our best-selling Super Tuscan from each of the past five years, where the Neprica almost matches that mark with our clients coming back vintage after vintage. If you went to buy these elsewhere it'll set you back $30 or more, but we've curated a unique opportunity to secure both at half that price. By the pair or by the case, there are few opportunities to secure wines of this caliber for such a price.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
La Massa, Concentrated Sangiovese fruit with layers of subtle earth and mineral scents in a soft and forward body. Wonderful to drink now! Two Thumbs up ! Tormaresca,I just opened this for our staff tasting recently and this little "Puglia blend" stopped the show, with lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers. This wine has lots of bang for the buck. This wine is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. Two THUMBS up !!! Guido Really a GREAT pair to keep you warm on those cold winter nights!!!

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
When we got the La Massa in earlier this year you could pick up a bottle for just under $20, and it was a steal then! Now you can get that great, Cabernet dominant Toscana paired with a great Puglia wine for under $15! The La Massa, which is full bodied with bold acidity rivaling the bold wood structure from time in new french oak, has notes of fresh raspberries and cherry skins are chased by freshly grated baking spice and purple flowers- a great Toscana to try if you love those bold California cabernets. The Neprica, a Southern Italy Red blend, is a medium bodied wine with lush fruit and bold character. It is easy, open and inviting. It is a blend of Negroamaro for classic, rustic flavors, Primitivo (Zinfandel) for rich, ripe fruits and Cabernet Sauvignon for a touch of structure and acidity. Both are flavorful and ready to enjoy any day of the week!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
What a steal two for the price of one, here are my reviews for both wines 2014 La Massa: You can really tell the breeding in this wine, the aromatics and flavors are so well defined and focused. The wine is a base of Sangiovese about 60% then Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante make of the rest. The nose says Tuscany, wisps of leather, hints of violet the a bit of wild cherry show off the Sangiovese then the plumy richness of the Cab and Merlot squeeze in. On the palate the wine shows its richly textured body, supple mouth-feel and great drinkability while still showing that central focus one expects in Tuscan wine. On the palate the complex blend of fruit and earth come together with porcini, leather and wild cherry dominating accented with lilac, rosemary and a bit of that Tuscan dust. Agile and focused this wine is ready to drink but will easily age another 5 years, try it with your favorite pasta… or like me it will be a Pork Tenderloin and roasted potatoes! 2014 Tormaresca Neprica: It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PRI (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat! The 2014 vinatge has a little more freshness than previous vintages, tasty!
Drink from 2018 to 2021

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
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 (%): 13.5