The 2017 vintage began with a particularly mild winter with temperatures over two degrees higher than the seasonal averages and with scarce rainfall. This trend continued during the spring and the vines budded about two weeks sooner than usual. The rains at the beginning of May allowed an important hydration of the soil allowing the plants not to suffer particularly from the sudden rise in temperatures in June and July. During the summer months was fundamental reduce soil dehydration to a minimum in order to maintain humidity as much as possible to an advantage of regular vegetative development. The rain of August 10 and the rain of early September allowed a new important hydration during the parentheses after the previous months. The harvest started early with the first Merlots, continuing until the last week of September in sunny and warm weather. In the middle of the month the rains finally arrived to cool the temperature, creating excellent conditions for late vines.
La Massa’s entry-level “La Massa” Super Tuscan is a blend of Sangiovese with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante. Grown in La Massa’s idyllic “Conca d’Oro” estate, the wine gives a sneak peek into the potential of this producer’s high end wines.
This full-bodied, energetic red from the Chianti Classico region of Panzano combines warm richness with balance and length that makes it widely popular year after year. Winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, one of Bordeaux’s most renowned winemakers, crafts the wine with Bordeaux influences including aging in French oak, 20% new, to produce a luscious mouth-feel. This wine is one of the best values in the market place.
93 Points James Suckling – “A plush red with sweet-berry and spice aromas and flavors. Hints of vanilla. Full body. Lush and delicious. Needs a little time to come together, but already very attractive.”
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – “Beautiful and seamless, the 2017 La Massa beats the heat. There is little sign of a warm vintage in this blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Alicante Bouschet. The wine turned out terrifically bright and nuanced with its light spice and blackberry notes. Present it alongside a veal tagliata with rosemary. With 78,000 bottles made, you get terrific value here.”