Masseto"Toscana IGT 2013 [6.0L MAGNUM]
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 98] [RP 95-97]
Regular price $8,500.00 Sale price $7,899.97 Save $600.03
Masseto 2013 is the result of an overall late and fresh climate during the harvesting period. These are particularly a favorable conditions for Merlot, which was able to ripen slowly and completely in sunny weather, without excessive heat, which enhanced a full expression of the aromatic qualities and perfect ripening of the polyphenolic content.
The clusters, hand-picked in 15 kg boxes, were graded and selected by hand on a double sorting table before and after de-stemming, and then gently crushed. Each of the four vineyard blocks were vinified separately. Fermentation took place in either steel or wooden vats, followed by maceration for 15-20 days at a temperature of between 25 and 30Â°C. Malolactic fermentation was started in 100% new oak barriques, keeping the different batches separate for the first 12 months of maturation. The wine was subsequently assembled and reintroduced in the barriques for a further year, making a total of 24 months. After bottling, the wine was aged for an additional 12 months prior to release.
Tasting NotesIntense ruby in color, the nose immediately reveals fully ripe fruitiness endowed with great freshness and complexity, underlined by delicate notes of vanilla and cocoa. On the palate, the wine is substantial and rich, with great density, and a rare tannic quality of silkiness and smoothness. Black fruit aromas are accompanied by a strong note of freshness and a long, elegant finish, which is prolonged with a delicate hint of cocoa.
Ratings & Reviews
98 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of blueberry, violet, and rose that turn to black truffle. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and very long. So gorgeous and persistent. It goes on for minutes." - (July 20th, 2016)
95-97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Tasted from barrel, the 2013 Masseto is shaping up to be a super star. This edition of the wine is already more muscular and tight compared to the warm vintage expression in 2011 and 2012. This Masseto instead is linear and balanced with pretty fruit tones that are enhanced by enduring sensations of baking spice, dark chocolate and tobacco. The bouquet delivers the classic aromas you should expect of a Merlot of this high standard. The mouthfeel also shows a tight acidic vein that bodes well for the future evolution of this stunning wine. The tannins are youthful and unyielding but they also show firm structure and balance that serves to support the wine's rich extract and flavors." - Monica Larner (Oct 2015)