La Massa Giorgio Primo 2008
Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Rich and decadent aromas of berries and grilled meat. Full-bodied, soft and round with lots of fruit and a caressing, velvety texture.
50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
"This structured but balanced red offers polished, silky tannins that caress the palate and deliver beautiful fruit, with plenty of currant, black olive and licorice character. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvingon and Petit Verdot. Best after 2013."
"The 2008 Giorgio Primo comes across as a touch lean at first, but then opens up over time. The 2008 presents a slightly darker profile than the 2007s in a tightly coiled style that is typical of the year. A melange of rosemary, herbs, spices, mocha, leather and licorice adds considerable complexity and character on the mid-palate and finish. In 2008 the blend was 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
The Wine Advocate
"Good saturated medium ruby color. Cassis, black cherry and mocha on the nose, along with a whiff of minty aromatic herbs. Sweet, dense and ripe, with dark chocolate and mineral notes complementing the ripe black fruit flavors. This big wine is extremely suave and rich but not heavy. Finishes with big but even tannins and excellent persistence. Owner Gianpaolo Motta, who I see in Bordeaux as often as I do in Chianti, works with renowned consultant Stephane Derenoncourt to make the wines of La Massa. But as good as the Giorgio I is, I'd prefer that it had more of a Tuscan flavor, as this wine could be made anywhere. Then again, Motta very candidly admitted to me a few years ago that he had trouble selling Giorgio I as a Chianti Classico, and that he didn't feel older vintages had aged as well as they should have. Thus he left the Chianti Classico denominazione and opted to use more of the international varieties in his blends. Starting with the 2009, Giorgio I will be just cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot."
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Giampaolo Mota, the eldest son of Neapolitan family became the black sheep because he decided
not go into the family's leather tanning business. His grandfather Giorgio was the only family
member to support him in his venture into the wine business and thus, the top wine at La Massa
carries his name. Giampaolo studied in France with renowned oenologist Emile Peynaud, working
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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