La Massa Giorgio Primo 2006
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
In 2006, Giorgio Primo is 30% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine spent between 18-19 months in French oak (90% new) with frequent batonnage (stirring of the fine lees) and micro-oxygenation. It is an authoritative, powerful wine imbued with the essence of plums, cassis, blackberry jam and road tar intermingled with sweet scents of toasted oak.
"Offers blackberry, toasty oak and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a long, rich finish. Concentrated and pretty. Layered and serious. Best after 2011."
"The 2006 Giorgio Primo is a totally different animal. It is a powerful, rich and intense wine loaded with dark fruit, earthiness, tobacco, tar and smoke, all of which come to life on a structured frame. Despite its size, the wine reveals tons of clarity and precision, all it needs is a few years to come together. In 2006 Giorgio Primo is 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021"
The Wine Advocate
"Giorgio Primo is among the best blended red wines from central Italy. It's a super Tuscan expression of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot that delivers layer after layer of impressive richness, elegance and persistency. The aromas recall blackberry, ripe cherry, leather, tobacco, chocolate and espresso and thanks to the extraordinary quality of the mouthfeel, these flavors last seemingly forever on the palate."
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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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