La Massa 2013 – 93 pts – AG

from Vinous

A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2013 La Massa opens with superb depth and textural richness. Inky blue/purplish fruit, smoke, white pepper and violets are all super-expressive. Pliant, concentrated and deep, the 2013 is shaping up to be a real beauty. I especially like the delineation and focus here. This a gorgeous La Massa.

by Antonio Galloni – September 2015

Andrea Felici estate

Leopardo Felici has a great hand with the Verdicchio grape, producing two of the Marche’s best white wines. Clearly, the vineyard location in the cool-climate, hilly area between Apiro and Cupramontana is a big help, as the wines have high natural acidity, a strong mineral overlay and wonderful clarity. But strong viticultural and winemaking skills also play a role. Felici is one of the few producers of “vino biologico” in Italy talented enough to avoid making wines with off-putting aromas, and his decision not to use oak (only stainless steel and cement vats are used) also contributes to the precision of the wines. Andrea Felici is a name to watch in Italian wine circles.
Ian D’Agata, July 2015″

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2014 – 91 pts

I. D’Agata – July 2015

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva Classico Il Cantico della Figura 2012 – 92 pts


I. D’Agata – July 2015

from Vinous Media – December 2014
Ian D’Agata

Avvoltore 2011 – 92 pts
Good bright medium ruby. Enticing, nuanced aromas of red berries, smokey red cherry and spicy, earthy underbrush. Rich, broad …

Morellino di Scansano 2013 – 90 pts
Good full medium red. Captivating strawberry and red cherry aromas are lifted by a floral note. Juicy and aromatic in the mouth, with harmonious acidity giving shape to red plum, spice and floral flavors. Sneaky concentration…

These Wines were featured in “In a Tuscan State of Mind (Aug 2013)

 

A. Galloni, August 2013

 

2010 Ampeleia
94+
pts
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Another compelling red, the 2010 Ampeleia is dark and rich but not at all heavy. An exotic mélange of blackberries, sage, rosemary and crushed rocks emerges over time, but it is the wine’s textural finesse that impresses most. This is a seriously beautiful wine from Ampeleia. The blend is approximately 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Sangiovese and 15% assorted other grapes.
Drinking window: 2014 – 2025

 

2011 Kepos
93
pts
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Juicy, dark and enveloping, the 2011 Kepos wraps around the palate with seemingly endless layers of fruit. The 2011 isn’t a big wine, but it is highly attractive, not to mention impeccably balanced. Hints of rose petal, cinnamon and mint add lift on the finish. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Ampeleia. Kepos is 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, 10% Carignano, 5% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Marsellan.
Drinking window: 2014 – 2026

These Wines were featured in “In a Tuscan State of Mind (Aug 2013)

 

Antonio Galloni, August 2013

 

2011 Giorgio Primo
94
pts
Black cherries, plums, smoke, tar, graphite and spices all burst from the glass in the 2011 Giorgio Primo. Rich, voluptuous and intense, the 2011 impresses for its seamless personality. A rich, super-ripe, full-throttle finish rounds things out in style. Today the 2011 is showing remarkably well, considering it was just bottled one week ago. The 2011 is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Drinking window: 2014 – 2021

 

2011 La Massa
92
pts
The 2011 La Massa is drop-dead gorgeous. Blackberry jam, melted road tar, violets, licorice and cloves form the core in this deep, powerful rendering of the estate’s entry-level wine. In 2011, La Massa overachieves with a rich, intense red that will blow away the vast majority of the higher-end offerings in Tuscany. This is an absolutely joyous wine from Giampaolo Motta, and one of the best values anywhere in the world. Can the Giorgio Primo be that much better? The answer, as I recently found out, is yes. The blend is 60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot with a dollop of Alicante. In 2011, heat spikes at the end of the harvest penalized Merlot, hence its lower presence in the blend in 2011, while the more resistant Cabernet plays a greater role. Sage, rosemary and lavender linger on the finish.
Drinking window: 2014 – 2024

 

2010 Giorgio Primo
96
pts

The 2010 Giorgio Primo possesses stunning richness and power. A deep, concentrated wine, the 2010 emerges from the glass with layered black fruit, melted rocks, licorice, graphite and menthol. Frankly, this is a difficult wine to taste alongside other wines from Chianti Classico because the reference points are necessarily from somewhere else: the great wines of Bordeaux. The 2010 brings together all the best elements of the house style. The 2010 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Drinking window: 2014 – 2025