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Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico La Massa 2000

Bright, deep garnet; medium rim. The nose is wild and sophisticated, with black and red cherries, tobacco, dried violets and truffle. The palate is of pure fruit(prunes and blueberries), striking a balanced finish amongst youthful cherries, mature cigar box and balsamic notes. Drinking beautifully and tastes delicious now, the firm tannins give the wine structure and, after 17 years of ageing, have softened this ripe and concentrated wine, making it readiest to drink by now.

Exhibiting both regional typicities from Sangiovese and superb fleshiness from the Merlot, this upmarket, Chianti-turned, elite IGT can challenge the best from the new-wave Brunello di Montalcino. There are lots of new imaginations with the making too. It was lees-stirred in small barrels!

On the map, this 27-ha vineyard lies in the finest(Conca d'oro) of the most excellent Chianti area(Panzano). Winemaker Neopolitan Giampaolo Motta started from the grape picker in the vineyard and almost knows the face of each grape. His mentor is the Carlo Ferrini.

I have not seen any bad coments so far on this wine. It is a WS92. The 2000 label is still with the Black Rooster; in 2008, the label was updated.

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