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La Massa Giorgio Primo Toscana 2018  - First Bottle


97 James Suckling -
Gorgeous aromas of blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of crushed stones and walnuts. Full body, firm and chewy tannins with blackberries and hints of chocolate and spice. Flavorful and intense at the end. Better after 2023, but better already, very pretty.
97 Vinous -
The 2018 Giorgio Primo represents a new level of finesse at La Massa. Powerful and dense in the glass, with tremendous structure, Giorgio Primo is a terrific example of how compelling international varieties are in Panzano’s Conca d’Oro district. Crème de cassis, spice, new leather, chocolate and sweet spice build into the textured, palate-staining finish.
97 Falstaff -
Rich, deep dark ruby ??with a slight violet shimmer. Very clear and intense nose, shows rich notes of black currants, black cherries and plums, with some ginger in the background. Shows itself to be very polished in the beginning and in the course, lots of fine-meshed tannin, builds up full pressure, hearty tobacco in the long finish.
97 Raffaele Vecchione -
Deep and intense in the primary profile offering notes of black prunes, blackberries, wild mytrle, juniper berries, cumin, sage and coriander. The character of the secondary matrix is kind and balsamic, attracting attention in the nuances of cut cedar, peppermint and basil. Full bodied, fine grain tannins perfectly integrated in the matrix with a velvety perception on the palate and a flowing finale which closes with grace and gustatory balance. Drink now or hold.
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The Fattoria La Massa 2018 Giorgio Primo is a wine of richness, volume and texture. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, and maceration times last 26 to 28 days to add the lovely depth and creaminess you taste here. Black fruit, crushed stone, truffle essence and toasted spice emerge from the bouquet. The wine's full-bodied structure and its freshness promise a long cellar-aging future.

Technical Details

  • Blend55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationChianti Classico
  • VineyardConca d'oro
  • Aging/Cooperage18 months in 80% new French oak
  • Alcohol14.5%

La Massa Giorgio Primo Toscana 2018

Proprietary Blends  |  Italy
JS97, VN97, FS97, RV97, WA96

36% off retail!

When Antonio Galloni, James Suckling, Falstaff, and Raffaele Vecchione reach a consensus on an amazing 97 POINTS for your 2018 Super-Tuscan (with the folks at Advocate just behind with a 96), you have some cause to strut! This is one of the top Super-Tuscans anywhere – a must-have for your collection!

Giorgio Primo is the best of the best for Giampolo Motto, the visionary behind La Massa since its founding in 1992. This is a weighty, imposing, classically endowed, and extremely lush Super-Tuscan that models itself after First Growth Bordeaux – cabernet dominant, with complementary players of merlot and petit verdot. To do all this, in the very heart of Chianti Classico, requires a bold and worldly perspective – not to mention a penchant for risk. Three decades later, Giampolo has proved to be just the man for the task!

Giampolo left the family’s leather goods business in Naples and ventured to Chianti to learn the art of winemaking. He developed a love for Bordeaux wines and journeyed there to further hone his craft before purchasing the 27 hectares of La Massa in the Conca d’Oro of Panzano in Chianti. The land here had been farmed to vines since the 15th century, and the earliest wines of La Massa brought this property back to prominence almost immediately. But Giampaolo was far from finished. He joined up with an old friend from Bordeaux, the legendary Stephane Derenoncourt (whose consulting resume includes Clos Fourtet, Clos de l'Oratoire, Chateau Pavie-Macquin, Smith Haut Lafitte, Napa’s Rubicon Estate, and more...) beginning in 2008 to take the winemaking to the next level. And that has certainly been the case – with the best wines of the estate’s history coming over the past decade.

This Giorgio Primo 2018 is carefully selected from the estate's best parcels of clay and schist soils sprinkled with limestone remnants of an ancient sea. Ten plots made the cut in 2018, for a final blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, and 5% petit verdot. The wine is reared in 50% New French oak barriques – granting a weight and polish to the wine that helps to integrate the structured and mineral edge of the powerful fruit. Initial aromas of deep and rich black currants, blackberries, and roast coffee open to reveal nuanced accents of new saddle leather and pipe tobacco. The mouth is velvety, round, and lacquering – with flavors of more dark berries, plums, cedar, sage, and juniper. A hint of graphite underneath carries the wine into a chocolatey and elegant finish. This is classy, sassy, and just now beginning to showcase its immense potential. Wines of this pedigree typically fetch prices of $150+...and we’re simply thrilled to have any to share...much less at this fantastic price!

About the Producer

Get ready for an exciting journey through the world of winemaking with Giampaolo Motta! This visionary was inspired by Bordeaux and left his family's leather business in Naples to head north to Chianti and learn the art of winemaking. After honing his skills in Chianti and Bordeaux, Giampaolo finally found his true home at La Massa in the Conca d'Oro of Panzano in Chianti, where he owns 27 hectares of vineyards that have been farmed since the 15th century. He quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality wines with his first vintage of Giorgio Primo, followed by the release of La Massa, both of which were immediately embraced by wine lovers. Fast forward to 2008 and Giampaolo teams up with his good friend and renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt to take La Massa to new heights. The two practice "logical" agriculture, using sustainable methods such as green manure, "sexual confusion" as a pesticide, and minimal use of chemicals. In the winery, they utilize natural yeasts and minimal sulfurs to preserve the ecological balance of La Massa. Get ready to taste the magic of Giampaolo and Stephane's collaboration in every sip of their expertly crafted, high-quality wines. These wines embody their passion and commitment to the earth, the fruit, and the art of winemaking. Cheers!