2006 Masseto

Toscana IGT,  Merlot

Tuscany,  Italy

$1,325
RP 100
V 99
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2006 Masseto Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

2006 began with a rainy winter, followed by hot spring days that resulted in flowering after the first week of June. From April to August there was almost no rain, and this led the vines to produce slightly smaller than normal bunches. The summer was also not too hot, and as a result the vines produced a good volume of grapes with good aromatic potential. Excellent climatic conditions during ripening, coupled with the reduced size of the grapes, provided an exceptional concentration, with sugars, tannins and acidity all higher than usual. At the beginning of the harvest the grapes were perfect: concentrated and uniformly ripe. During the harvest, the pickers worked their way through the vineyard four times, beginning on 6th September with the ‘Masseto Alto’ section of the vineyard, and 23rd September with the ‘Masseto Centrale’ section.

TASTING NOTES: A bold and powerful wine in its early years, Masseto 2006 has now shed a lot of its initial flamboyance and evolves towards an unexpectedly classic and elegant profile. The proverbial power is still there but the wine has developed a seamless integration of all its elements. Opulent, ripe fruit and Mediterranean herbs melt together in a glorious bouquet. The 2006 Masseto reflects the particular conditions of the vintage: ripeness, concentration and balance. The intense nose with ripe fruit and jam reflects the summer sun. On the palate it is powerful, rich, and opulent, with tightly woven, sweet, polished tannins balanced perfectly by acidity, which leads into a long finish marked by elegance and freshness.

RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The wine that most delighted me at this historic tasting of Tuscany's most iconic wines was the 2006 Masseto. This is a wine of sheer power, bliss, opulence, infinity and sublime seduction. This Merlot-based masterpiece hits all your senses with the grace of a ballerina and the power of a heavyweight. It is steady on its proverbial feet, but it also glides over the palate with a profound sense of elegance, harmony and rhythm. Among the prized vintages of Masseto, including 2001, 2004 and 2007, this edition is my favorite. The wine delivers an extra sense of tightness or firmness at the back that serves to stitch together its fleshy richness and general sumptuousness. The personality is sunny, expansive, articulate and sophisticated. You'll remember that the 2006 vintage is celebrated for the elegance of its wines. In the coastal Bolgheri appellation, it is also remembered for the power of its wines. You get the best of both worlds with this stunning creation: elegance and power. These traits are particularly well suited to the versatile grape variety at the heart of this Tuscan all-rounder. This is a true Renaissance wine. Reviewed by Monica Larner. Issue date: January 28, 2016. Drinking window: 2016-2040.
V 99

Vinous

I remember the first time I tasted the 2006 Masseto. It's that kind of wine. The 2006 is every bit as magnificent today. Dense, richly-textured and potent to its core, the 2006 is a wine for readers who can be patient. I love the brooding intensity and sense of gravitas the 2006 conveys. Tonight, it is stellar, but still so young. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: January 2018. Drinking window: 2020 - 2036.

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RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The wine that most delighted me at this historic tasting of Tuscany's most iconic wines was the 2006 Masseto. This is a wine of sheer power, bliss, opulence, infinity and sublime seduction. This Merlot-based masterpiece hits all your senses with the grace of a ballerina and the power of a heavyweight. It is steady on its proverbial feet, but it also glides over the palate with a profound sense of elegance, harmony and rhythm. Among the prized vintages of Masseto, including 2001, 2004 and 2007, this edition is my favorite. The wine delivers an extra sense of tightness or firmness at the back that serves to stitch together its fleshy richness and general sumptuousness. The personality is sunny, expansive, articulate and sophisticated. You'll remember that the 2006 vintage is celebrated for the elegance of its wines. In the coastal Bolgheri appellation, it is also remembered for the power of its wines. You get the best of both worlds with this stunning creation: elegance and power. These traits are particularly well suited to the versatile grape variety at the heart of this Tuscan all-rounder. This is a true Renaissance wine. Reviewed by Monica Larner. Issue date: January 28, 2016. Drinking window: 2016-2040.
V 99

Vinous

I remember the first time I tasted the 2006 Masseto. It's that kind of wine. The 2006 is every bit as magnificent today. Dense, richly-textured and potent to its core, the 2006 is a wine for readers who can be patient. I love the brooding intensity and sense of gravitas the 2006 conveys. Tonight, it is stellar, but still so young. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: January 2018. Drinking window: 2020 - 2036.

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