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2015 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana

SKU #1328965 94 points James Suckling

 Extremely perfumed with currant, berry and rosemary aromas. Even some lavender. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and lots of fruit. A delicious and refined wine. Drink or hold. (09/2018)  (9/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the beautiful rolling hills of Panzano in Chianti, the 2015 La Massa shows a ripe and soft side of the vintage with warm notes of black cherry and blackberry. This is a velvety and richly textured blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Alicante Bouschet that displays beautiful concentration and color saturation. This is an upfront and immediate wine that offers loads of beautiful intensity. You absolutely can't beat this unbelievable value from Tuscany.  (10/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2015 La Massa is pliant, deep and wonderfully expressive, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Black cherry, licorice, lavender, rose petal and spice give the 2015 an exotic feel that is impossible to miss. Ripeness is pushed to the edge in this creamy, voluptuous entry-level offering from La Massa. AG  (1/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A brooding style, saturated with blackberry, pomegranate and tar flavors. The dense tannins are well-integrated, with a light grain to them, buoying the long finish. Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet. Best from 2019 through 2024. 9,600 cases made. BS  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

The blend of this wine is 60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet, if you read the Wine Advocate notes it shows different percentages and grapes, the above percentages comes directly from the winery tech sheet, the WA notes are most assuredly a typo, they wouldn't intentionally miss that.


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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2018 | Send Email
This is one of my go-to suggestions for anyone looking for a wine that will impress everyone in the room without breaking the bank. Full-bodied with tons of plush, ripe fruit and super-smooth texture, this is a very versatile, no-brainer choice for successful holiday entertaining, whether it be an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner or those dreaded grocery store pinwheel sandwiches at the holiday office party. Super Tuscan and super delicious.

Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2018 | Send Email
My past two years at K&L I have seen the last two vintages of La Massa fly out the door. To say this Super Tuscan is a fan favorite would be an understatement. And now, coming from one of the strongest vintages in Italy, the full bodied but balanced Toscana outshines the rest. It is layered with nuances of toasted baking spice, cedar, and black cherry. It is upfront with its bold flavor and lingers long on the palate for an impressive energy. Silky tannins aid in structure while the ripe fruit carries you from start to finish.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2018 | Send Email
Want to drink Super Tuscan style for Chianti-like prices? Look no further than the 2015 La Massa. Brimming with beautiful red cherry and blackberry fruit, the wine is fleshy and forward but feels imminently Italian. If I said it drinks like Tignanello for 1/5th the price that might be a slight overstatement but it does drink exceptionally well and puts you in the ballpark for sure. What a gorgeous value!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2018 | Send Email
Year after year as these vines get older Giampaolo Motta’s vineyard work begins to stand out as the truly dynamic portion of this wine. The wine is a delicious blend of 60% Sangiovese, which gives the wine a structural backbone, 25% Merlot, which adds some meat, density and richness, with Cabernet Sauvignon lending authority and direction even at this small amount, while Alicante Bouschet adds some personality, spice and a little bit of nastiness—it kind of reminds me of Giampaolo—and it all seamlessly blends together. On top of this the 2015 vintage is truly stunning, the wine is dynamic, structured and drinking deliciously now.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2018 | Send Email
Each successive vintage of La Massa seems to outshine the previous and as good as the 2014 managed to be (from a very challenging vintage)Giampaolo Motta has done it again. It's a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet and equal parts Merlot and Alicante that fills the palate with ample berry fruit, dark chocolate and savory herbs. It's a bright light from a sun-filled vintage that's wonderful to drink now and will certainly continue to do so for several years to come.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 14