Tenuta La Massa, Toscana IGT (Tuscany, Italy) “La Massa” 2020

($27): Giampaolo Motta acquired the 67-acre estate located in the Conca d’Oro in Panzano, the heart of Chianti Classico.  Instead of making Chianti Classico, he opted to blend traditional Bordeaux grapes with the native Sangiovese.  Some would call his wines Super Tuscan.  I would just say they are super.  Take this one, a suave and fleshy blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Fruity, yes, of course, but not too overtly so.  There’s plenty of savory complexity in the form of subtle black pepper.  And of course, enlivening Tuscan acidity to keep it fresh and a delight to drink now.  It’s an ideal choice for grilled beef or a meaty pasta dish this winter.  And it over delivers for the price.
93 Michael Apstein Jan 23, 2024