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Super Tuscan La Massa 2018

According to our tasting, 2018 is the most fruited since the 2012 vintage. Still, 2018 needs some time to integrate for the best result. It has a classic spectrum frame(red cherries, tomato, spice, hints of black tea and vanilla) pointing to the Sangiovese(50%) 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(15%), which compensates for better ripeness and body or fatness; Cabernet (35%) supports the density and structure of Sangiovese's bright and aromatic personality. It nurtures from 12-month ageing in quality oak barrels; 10% is new French oak, and 90% is used oak for one year. The winery is very modern. From Panzano, the Gold Basin of Chianti is 360 meters high, hence the structure and acidities, with Super Tuscan stylistics and price for 'the mass'.

If decanted nicely, an entry-level Super Tuscan this young like this 2018 will eventually give a depth of mixed red/black plums and currants lovely fruit flavours. After that, it becomes focused and 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 well-balanced, long, unique Super Tuscan structure. Scores are consistent, like 93AG, 93RP, and 93JS.

Winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, one of Bordeaux's most renowned winemakers, crafts the wine with Bordeaux influences, including ageing in French oak, 20% new, to produce a luscious mouth-feel. This wine is one of the best values in the marketplace.


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