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2016 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana SKU #1423559

Price: $19.99

JS 93 RP 93 VN 92
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  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    While the 2015 showcased the resulting ripeness and weightiness of the vintage, the 2016 has a more classic frame that highlights the Sangiovese (that is deftly integrated with Cabernet and Merlot) in a medium-to-full-bodied blend with a touch more acidity and liveliness. This may be my favorite of the recent vintages of La Massa and I'm confident that super Tuscan fans will love it as well.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    When it comes to smooth, delicious, drinkable red wine you can always count on La Massa to please a crowd. It's consistently approachable every vintage but I feel the 2016 is the best I've tasted yet. 2015 was deeper and more ripe but in 2016 great acidic balance has returned. There's plenty of plush fruit here but it's brighter and more lifted- it sings more like a second-soprano than the baritone of 2015. La Massa for the masses!
  • Tim Telli
    By: Tim Telli
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine has lovely fruit flavors of plums and black currants. It has great weight and density all framed by nice acidity, making it very well balanced. I would love to lay some down and see it evolve over the next 5-7 years. A lot of wine for your money. Highly recommended!
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    For the money, this is a whole lot of wine! Big and densely fruited nose that will continue to open with some time in the glass or a generous decanting. The palate is vibrant, rich and full of complexity. There is nothing little about this super "good" Tuscan wine.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    I have customers coming into the store all the time looking for a great wine to take to dinner with their boss or in-laws, and need a wine that’s both extremely impressive, but at a great price point. Enter La Massa. This wine is a bullseye every, single time. Full bodied and bold, while well-balanced and full of black cherry fruit and fine tannin structure, this is one of the most consistent, hits-above-its-price-point wines in our Italian selection. You know you’re onto something good when those customers come back into the store a week later raving about how everyone at the table loved it.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is focused, layered and shows lots of complex herb, wild brush, leather and rosemary but behind that is a core of intense fruit. On the palate the wine shows structure, balance and excellent length. The hallmark of the 2016 vintage is a concentrated center and it is readily evident here adding a real depth and intensity. The flavors show a savory aspect more than a fruit forward character adding in that umami like soy, mushroom and salty tang while the fruit comes up in the back. While this wine sounds like it’s big and bold it is exceptionally well balanced and while it does have size it is so in harmony that you can drink it now or age it for another 7-10 years. This is the best La Massa that I’ve had, powerful, supple, smooth tannins, very complex this is one to stock up on. Bravo Gianpaolo!
  • Cameron Hoppas
    By: Cameron Hoppas
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is stunning. The perfumed nose of ripe, dark fruit, sweet herbs, and warm leather tones shows beautifully right out of the bottle. The texture is incredibly elegant. Silky fine tannins delicately coat the palate as quickly as the fresh acidity washes them away--giving the impression of a dense wine that's light on its feet. The Merlot (25%) and Cabernet (10%) play their supporting roles expertly, giving density and structure to Sangiovese's bright and aromatic personality. This is a wonderful wine that's sure to please wine drinkers already acquainted with Italian wines as well as those just dipping their toes into Italian waters.


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