Masseto 2016 has been released at €380 per bottle ex-negociant, up 10% on the 2015 (€345). It is expected that the wine will be offered by the international trade at £6,000 per 12×75, a 9% increase on the 2015 release per case (£5,500 per 12×75).
Monica Larner (Wine Advocate), James Suckling and Jeb Dunnuck all awarded the wine a perfect 100 points. In her tasting note, Larner said that “Masseto has pulled off back-to-back home runs” and added that “this is the first time that an Italian wine has earned 100 points in successive vintages.”
Larner went on to say that she “tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages together for comparison” and confirmed that “these vintages are identical twins, two perfect wines”.
James Suckling commented that the wine was “so solid and powerful” and said that it “reminds [him] of the legendary 2001”. Jeb Dunnuck also praised the wine, adding that it is “unquestionably one of the greatest expressions of Merlot in the world” that “doesn’t get any better!”
Antonio Galloni (Vinous), on the other hand, gave the wine a slightly lower barrel range of 94-97 points. In his tasting note he said it was “dark, sumptuous and super-expressive”, but agreed that “the 2016 has so much to offer”.
Today’s release is coming to the market at the same price as the 2015, which has risen 9% in value since its release last year.
These two 100-point twins are currently available at a 22% discount to the 2006 and will no-doubt offer excitement to buyers.
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