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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
La Massa Toscana 2006
La Massa Toscana 2006
(search item no. 97163)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:


#31 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

"Rich, almost decadent aromas of crushed berry, meat and mole. Turns floral. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty. Best after 2011."
-Wine Spectator

"The 2006 La Massa is 60% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 14 months in French oak (20% new). It is a gorgeous, fruit-driven wine with superb depth in its plums, dark cherries, herbs and sweet toasted oak. It offers terrific balance in its fruit, structure and acidity, all of which come together in a very pretty La Massa."
-Wine Advocate

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About La Massa:

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 in St Emilion and Pomerol where he developed a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of the wine. He feels that this study, especially of the reductive/oxygenative cycle of red wine helps him make structured, solid, long-lived wines that are also very fruit driven.