2013 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana SKU #1217142

$14.99

JS 93 VN 93 RP 92
WS 90
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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    2/15/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    If you love super Tuscans and expensive Napa Cabernet, this La Massa is a must try for you. This Toscana has all of the dark color, flashy richness and power of its more expensive neighbors, but not the price.
    Drink from 2017 to 2023
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    9/13/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    I was lucky enough to try this wine twice, once when it first arrived last month and just today. And it was a great change! Giving the wine time to settle brought it back to the luscious wine it was meant to be. The big juicy, ripe nose on this wine had my mouth watering right away. When I took my first sip the deep fruit created a beautiful blanket for the dry spice and earth. The wine had smooth, yet prominent tannins and a long, dry finish with deep plum flavors. Easy to enjoy!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    9/9/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    When winemakers in Italy started producing non-traditional Tuscan blends back in the 1970s, it was a huge leap forward for steak-lovers everywhere. Now, they could combine the wild-fruited savoriness of Sangiovese with the structure and substance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. La Massa is a fantastic version of this style of wine at a price miles below some of its counterparts. Pure flavors of blueberry and blackberry ride perfectly integrated tannins with just a touch of earthy savoriness. The finish keeps that dark-fruited sensation just going and going! If you enjoy a good steak, I think you’ll find this to be a flawless pairing.​
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    9/8/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Concentrated Sangiovese fruit with layers of subtle earth and mineral scents in a soft and forward body. Wonderful to drink now!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    9/7/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    While I’ve always been able to count on La Massa to be crowd-pleasing and food-friendly, this vintage is more toned and focused, with greener aromatics, lovely acid, and slight spice notes. This is an elegant wine that manages to be both soft and structured. Fans of juicier California style will appreciate the dark berry fruit, but this outstanding bargain is solidly Tuscan.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    9/6/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2013 captures the essence of what made the last several vintages so successful: a complex nose of cedar and spices with juicy black currant and blueberry fruit on the palate all framed by supple tannins. A touch more aromatic and lifted with a step back in density than the 2012, this is more my own personal style. For those in the know, this reads like a top Super Tuscan wine but for pennies on the dollar.
  • Daniel Maas
    By: Daniel Maas
    9/6/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    For those of you unaware, my last name is MAAS. Why bring this up? Because, there is one thing that has happened at least once daily for the exactly 12,645 days that I have been alive. What happens? My last name is mistakenly spelled as MASS! No, I know, at this point you're asking yourself what does this travesty have to do with wine. Well, it's simple. Whereas I would previously roll my eyes at the ordered sequence of the letters M-A-S-S, I now find myself enthralled by them. Why? Because they are a large part of the name of what might be one of the best Italian wines I've tasted! That's a bold statement, to be sure, but well deserved, as the 2013 vintage of this perennial K&L favorite. Every factor that I look for in a wine is here: Loads of fruit, both black and blue, as well as the perfect amount of toasty oak, firm tannin, and even a hint of baking spice. And so, yes, my hatred of M-A-S-S, has finally come to an end. Most likely, for the NEXT twelve thousand days, I will celebrate these four letters for what they now represent: The AMAZING WINE that is La (MASS)a Toscana!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    9/6/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    For me, this is really a superb reflection of all of Giampaolo’s vineyard work. The wine is a delicious blend of 60% Sangiovese, which gives the wine a structural backbone, 30% 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. It is a superb blend, and once again, highly awarded.
    Drink from 2016 to 2023
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    7/19/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This vintage of La Massa strikes me as a benchmark as the wine has moved from a full-bodied international version to a more classic yet full-bodied and savory Tuscan style blend. It's exceptionally balanced with a smoothly textured palate of layered black and red fruits with bright acidity throughout. Giampaolo Motta continues his impressive streak of great "La Massa" wines and this may very well be his best yet.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    7/13/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The absolute perfect Tuscan under $20. Not with the ripe dense intensity of last years, but with so much more depth and complexity it's impossible not to LOVE! It's soft and open, but very with this wonderful acidity that makes it ultra quaffable. The key here is balance and this beautiful red fruit that's almost impossible to describe properly. This bombastic nose is balanced by great herbal quality and this beautiful dried floral component. Maybe not as hedonistic as some would like, but for me this is the clearly best Massa I've tasted.

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