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2012 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana

SKU #1297555 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful, complex aromas of blueberry, blackberry and black licorice follow through to a full body, ultra-refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Give this a few years in the bottle to completely come together. Better in 2016. Inner quote mark (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made with Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (5%), the impeccable 2012 Giorgo Primo is attractive from every angle. In a recent past vintage, I had criticized this wine for being over the top, but Giampaolo Motta has refined his winemaking approach to better harness the elegance and finesse of these grapes. Don't get me wrong: The sheer power of the wine is proudly put on display. Dark fruit extraction is followed by bursting plum, blackberry and sweet spice. I drank this wine over the course of 24 hours and was thrilled to see its exciting evolution. With time, truffles, wet earth and even a touch of sharp Pecorino cheese begin to emerge. If you are in the market for a bold, age-worthy blockbuster from Tuscany, Giorgio Primo is for you. 94+ (ML) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Proprietor Giampaolo Motta has done a terrific job with his flagship Giorgio Primo, especially in light of the challenging growing season. Dark, sensual and inviting offers an enticing mélange of mocha, cherry jam, spices, smoke, tobacco, menthol, licorice and lavender, all of which are fused together in a dark, opulent wine that captures the essence of the house style. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offering a dark well of black cherry, black currant, violet and cedar aromas and flavors, this red starts out opulent before turning more austere on the firm, lingering finish. Tobacco, tar and underbrush elements grace the aftertaste. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2020. (BS, Web-2016) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine says depth, structure, not verbiage I normally include for the nose, but in this case you can really smell the power. The aromatics are an array of cocoa powder, black currant, wild cherry hints of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows depth and concentration but never heavy, you can sense this is a wine made in barrique there is that slight torque one gets from small barrels yet they barrique doesn’t flavor the wine. The flavors are still, dark cocoa powder, cassis, blackberry with hints of leather and bits of heather and truffle. The finish is long, focused and tense, this is a wine that will benefit greatly from a longer aging but even in just 6 months to a year it will blossom tremendously. Complex, powerful Bordeaux styled Super Tuscan that shows the Panzano terroir.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
The "Giorgio" 2012 is a step up from the excellent 2011 and it's so good in fact, that it took us by surprise. It's impeccably balanced with a velvety and luxurious mouthful of chocolaty black fruit and fine ingrained tannins. The depth of fruit, ample structure and overall integration make this an ideal cellar candidate. Otherwise, open and give it a good amount of aeration or decant. Ribeye time for sure.

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