Tenuta La Massa, Toscana IGT (Tuscany, Italy) “Giorgio Primo” 2019

($111): Giampaolo Motta named this flagship wine after his grandfather and son.  With more structure and less flesh that the 2020 La Massa, the stellar 2019 Grigio Primo needs considerably more time in the bottle for its true grandeur to show.  That said, its silky suave texture makes it almost drinkable now.  The 2019 Giorgio Primo, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, is mouth-filling without going over the top.  Despite the absence of Sangiovese, it displays an incredible freshness that amplifies its complexity.  Fine tannins provide support without being aggressive or even noticeable.  The complex interplay between savory and fruity elements that seemingly change with every taste is dazzling.  This impeccably balanced and poised wine will benefit decades of aging.  But it will be difficult to keep your corkscrew away from it.
97 Michael Apstein Jan 23, 2024