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Masseto - 2008 - Toscana IGT

Masseto - 2008

James Suckling: 99
Robert Parker: 97
Antonio Galloni: 97
Wine Spectator: 93
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Masseto - 2008 - Toscana IGT

4.980,00 RON
product code: 831
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  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Ageing potential: 20 - 25 years
  • Grape variety: Merlot
  • Food pairing: lamb, game, beef
  • Decanting: 2h
  • Serving temperature: 15 - 18°C

Visual

Deep ruby.

Palate

The mouthfeel is dense, rich, intense, with glossy, silk-smooth tannins. A very long, leisurely finish reveals a good vein of acidity and concludes clean and fresh.

Nose

An overwhelming elegance and complex wealth of aromatics, boasting impressions of perfectly ripe red and dark berry fruit, along with balsamic notes of wild herbs, smooth spices, and cocoa.

Winemaking

Multiple rigorous selection. After soft-pressing, fermentation took place in part in steel tanks, and in part in upright oaken casks. The criterion used to determine the tank type was vineyard provenance: every parcel of the Masseto vineyard was vinified separately. After fermentation at 25-28°C, the wines macerated on the skins for 10-15 days at 28°C, bringing the total time in vat to 20-25 days. The malolactic fermentation took place in oak barriques (all new). Total aging was 24 months, in the Masseto temperature-controlled barrel room. After the first 12 months of aging, the wine was assembled, and then returned to the barriques for another 12 months. Following bottling, the wine was then bottle-aged for a further 12 months prior to release.

"The 2008 Masseto is another huge wine. It boasts tons of energy in a tense, inward style I can only describe as implosive, as if the wine is holding back all of its energy. A deep core of black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and new leather emerges from time to time, but the tannins are still imposing. There is no shortage of pedigree. I fully expect the 2008 to develop into one of the great Massetos. Needless to say, it will be interesting to taste the 2008 in vertical tastings in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033."97 Points The Wine Advocate

"A dark, extracted red, offering plenty of juicy plum, blackberry and violet notes framed by vanilla and toast. Squarely in the modern camp, yet this works. The tannins are slightly gritty now, but should mesh with time. Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2024. 400 cases imported." 93 Points Wine Spectator


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