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2017 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana SKU #1500786

Price: $19.99

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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    If you’ve been a K&L shopper for anytime, you probably already know La Massa as one of our most popular wines. It’s a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a spoonful of Alicante Bouschet. Although located in Panzano in the heart of Chianti Classico, Giampaolo Motta decided years ago much of his land wasn’t well-suited for Sangiovese, so he planted Bordeaux varieties. The results have been spectacular wines that are layered and show lots of complex herbal aromatics, Tuscan brush, leather, and rosemary, all layered on a core of intense fruit. The flavors aren’t like most California wines, but instead they show more of a savory aspect than a fruit-forward character, making them more adaptable to Italian food pairings. This isn’t a little wimpy wine, and it doesn’t feel like Chianti, even though the vineyards sit in the Conca d’Oro, Chianti Classico’s best vineyard area. It is bold and exceptionally well-balanced, and while it does have size and power, it is all in harmony so that you can drink it now or age it for another 7-10 years. Powerful, supple, smooth tannins, and very complex, this is one to stock up on.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This 2017 La Massa is concentrated Sangiovese fruit with layers of subtle earth and mineral scents in a soft and forward body. Wonderful to drink now! Two Thumbs up! Buy two, as the first bottle empties quickly...
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    The Sangiovese is forefront here with aromas and flavors of savory herb, ripe cherry, violet, and a whiff of Tuscan soil. The Cabernet in the blend adds some depth to the middle with the Merlot contributing a hint of cocoa powder. On the heels of all this, there is a long, crisp, mineral finish that ties all that complexity together. Once again, this is a spectacular bargain Super Tuscan.


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