La Massa is at the bottom of a long, steep drive where a beautiful villa and farm buildings stand in a clump of pine and cypress trees. Here you are, right in the heart of Chianti Classico, in an area known as the Conca d’Or or Golden Basin where four south-facing spurs are occupied by four of Chianti’s top producers. Driving up, down and across the property you pass plots of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet densely planted on a wide range of orientations and soil types. This is the crucial factor in lending great complexity to Giampaolo Motta’s wines while late harvesting gives them beautiful harmony and super-ripe tannins. As for Giampaolo, he is a young, well-travelled Neapolitan. Taking his team on a fact-finding mission to Château Margaux is just on example of the fresh approach he brings to Chianti.
A good hot year so yields are down, growers need to be careful to sort
raisin grapes and not to over extract.
Good in the South and good in Piedmont, elsewhere a little patchy.
Some very good wines with whites having good acidity and reds from older
All in all a pretty good vintage particularly in the south.
Super vintage one of the best.
Overall very good indeed, Tuscany particularly excelled.
A difficult vintage throughout Italy.
A good vintage with fresh whites and balanced reds in the north.
Generally good, especially for reds from Tuscany and the South.
A difficult year but good early to mid-term drinking wines have been
Piemonte was particularly good in this vintage, Tuscany was mixed and
the south very good.
Generally good particularly in the south.
Variable but good Nebbiolo in Piemonte and some Chiantis are as good
as in 1997.
Good quality from Piemonte and Tuscany districts, a bit more variable
than in 1997.
Quality is extremely high with long-term reds.
Produced excellent wines for the mid to long-term.
Harvest was very successful although quantities are low and Tuscany
has made some superb wines.
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