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2007 La Massa Giorgio Primo Toscana Rosso
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2010

($70; a blend of 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot; 13.5% alcohol) Saturated deep ruby. Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, milk chocolate, herbs and coffee. Fat, full and broad, but with better cut and grip than the La Massa thanks to higher acidity. Plenty of depth to its sweet plum, blackberry and graphite flavors. Finishes impressively long and sweet, with solid tannic grip and captivating hints of mocha and minerals. This should age well. Talented French winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt consults here. For years, this was a Chianti Classico, but it's now a Super-Tuscan containing large percentages of international varieties. "I just couldn't sell it as a Chianti Classico, and I wasn't impressed with how the sangiovese aged," owner Giampaolo Motta told me recently. (Martin-Scott Wines, Ltd., Lake Success NY; Wine Warehouse, City of Commerce CA)

97 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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