The first wine produced and released from the Masseto vineyard was the 1986 vintage. It was simply called “Merlot“. The name of Masseto then appeared on the label with the 1987 vintage.
Masseto is a wine of great and complex personality where its remarkable structure always combine with beautiful elegance. Naturally each vintage has its own identity and exemplifies, for the enjoyment of its aficionados, the stunning possibilities of interpretations which climate variations offer: noble opulence for the 2001, dense tannic structure for the 1988, or great elegance for the 2007…
So each vintage of Masseto is one and yet, at the same time, a piece of a whole . A single testimonial of the unique alliance of terroir, climate, and human talent which defines Masseto, as well as an inspiring evidence of Masseto’s timeless value.
|Wine maker notes
|This vintage is already the stuff of legend, even if it is simply the first in a long series of exceptional vintages. Warm and early, 1997 expresses better than all other years the sun-blest, sensuous side of the Merlot in Masseto. Spacious, dense and ultra-concentrated, displaying soft, silky tannins, the bottling has preserved all of the lusciousness characteristic of the 1997 vintage, but has developed a magnificent suite of aromatics as well, deepening its sensory impressions, so that its admirable power is accompanied by a gratifying elegance. Step by step it is advancing towards that “crowning moment” of maturity, but without haste. Impatient wine lovers might well open a bottle, but the 1997, beyond a shadow of a doubt, has a brilliant future still to come.
Tasted September 2011