2007 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana

SKU #1056569 97 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and brooding, with intense aromas of lead pencil, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety, polished tannins, followed by vanilla, berry and currant on the finish. Powerful and complex. Built like a brick house. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best after 2013. *Highly Recommended - #27 of the Top 100 Wines of the Year* (JS)  (10/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Giorgio Primo is an explosive wine bursting with dark red fruit. It is sumptuous and beautifully balanced from start to finish. Sweet herbs, flowers and licorice add complexity on the subtle, highly nuanced finish. I especially like the way the wine retains its freshness and vibrancy throughout. This is another terrific wine from La Massa. The 2007 was a transitional vintage for La Massa. The Cabernet and Merlot were vinified with an eye towards being blended with Sangiovese but during the maturation of the wines Motta decided to eliminate Sangiovese entirely from the blend to focus on Bordeaux varieties. In 2007 the blend was 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)  (8/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot; 13.5% alcohol) Saturated deep ruby. Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, milk chocolate, herbs and coffee. Fat, full and broad, but with better cut and grip than the La Massa thanks to higher acidity. Plenty of depth to its sweet plum, blackberry and graphite flavors. Finishes impressively long and sweet, with solid tannic grip and captivating hints of mocha and minerals. This should age well. Talented French winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt consults here. For years, this was a Chianti Classico, but it's now a Super-Tuscan containing large percentages of international varieties. "I just couldn't sell it as a Chianti Classico, and I wasn't impressed with how the sangiovese aged," owner Giampaolo Motta told me recently. (ID)  (7/2010)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan