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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
La Massa Toscana 2008
La Massa Toscana 2008
(search item no. 106913)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sangiovese (60%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)

The strict selection of the grapes carried out at the harvest and proper management of fermentation resulted in well-structured wines with good aromatic and polyphenolic content. The wine matured in French oak barriques of which 40% were new. The process was characterized by an initial period of about 10 months in which the wine was held in contact with the fine lees, which were kept active with frequent batonage (stirring of the lees) and macro oxygenation.

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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.