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Super Tuscan La Massa 2017

2017 is most fruited since 2012. Still, it needs some time to integrate for the best result, though.

It has a classic spectrum frame(red cherries, tomato, spice, hints of black tea and vanilla) pointing to the Sangiovese that deftly combines with Cabernet and Merlot to form a light-medium-bodied blend with a touch more acidity and liveliness. The composition is balanced with the Merlot (25%) compensates for better ripeness and body or fatness; Cabernet (10%) supports the density and structure of Sangiovese's bright and aromatic personality.

If decanted nicely, an entry-level Super Tuscan this young like this 2017 will give a depth of mixed red/black plums and currants lovely fruit flavours eventually. After that, it becomes focused, layered and shows lots of complex herbs, wild brush, leather and rosemary, but behind that is a core of umami like soy, mushroom and salty finish. It is framed by excellent acidity, making it a very well balanced — long, unique Super Tuscan structure. Scores are consistent, like 93JS, 91RP.

It nurtures from 12-month ageing in quality oak barrels, 10% is new French oak, and 90% used oak for one year. The winery is very modern. From Panzano, the Gold Basin of Chianti 360 meter high; Super Tuscan stylistics; price for 'the mass'. What more?


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