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The November 2022 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 11/25/2022 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #586. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 1987

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Region: Italy, Tuscany.
Score: 94 AG.
"Here in its first commercial release, the 1987 Masseto is terrific. I am pleased and surprised to see the 1987 hanging on to so much depth, as it was decidedly more delicate when I last came across it . . . . More than anything else, I am surprised by how well the 1987 continues to show. This wine was tasted as part of a complete retrospective I co-hosted with Masseto winemaker Axel Heinz, singer/songwriter Martina McBride and her husband, producer John McBride that was auctioned off at the Nashville Wine Auction to fund cancer research and treatment. First made in 1986 as Il Merlot dell’Ornellaia, Masseto has gone on to become one of the most highly sought-after wines in the world. Masseto emerges principally from three Merlot vineyards: ‘Masseto Alto, Masseto Centrale and Masseto Junior.’ The wine sees 3-4 weeks on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. The lots are aged separately for 12 months in 100% new oak, blended and then the wine is aged for another 12 months in wood. Earlier vintages saw shorter macerations and less time in oak, broadly speaking. Production is around 32,000 bottles. Readers who want to learn more about the history of Masseto might enjoy this article from some years back." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Jan 2018
Provenance: The Multitude Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,300

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