Masseto Toscana IGT 2011, Tuscany, Italy
PRESS: James Suckling - 100 points. 'Wow. Fabulous aromas of currants, rosemary, mint and orange peel. Perfect nose. Full body with perfectly integrated tannins. It's long and incredible with tangerine, toasted-oak, berry, terracotta and chocolate flavors. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This needs at least five years to soften but so spellbinding now.'
Wine Spectator - 97 points.
Region/Appellation: Toscana IGT
Country Hierarchy: Tuscany, Italy
Grape/Blend: 100% Merlot
Wine Style: Red - Bold and Structured
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Winemaker's Notes: With the 2011 vintage, Masseto returns to a typically Mediterranean expression of a warm year in the Bolgheri terroir. Yet the overall impression is one of superb balance and measure, notwithstanding the wine's rich concentration and ripeness. A near-opaque color greeks the eye, followed by explosive aromas of gloriously-ripe wild red berry fruit cosseted by hints of toasty oak and dark chocolate, but easily avoiding any hint of hamminess. A full-volumed palate impresses with its deep concentration and opulence, displaying remarkably supple, glossy tannins. Masseto 2011 concludes with a cleanly-defined vein of crisp acidity infused with the fruit and spice encountered on the nose.