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Masseto vertical: 10 vintages back to 1988

Aldo Fiordelli visits the dynamic Bolgheri estate and tastes 10 vintages of its famous Merlot-based wine, including the second vintage, 1988, and the 'perfect' 2001.

Masseto is one of the most expensive Italian wines and a true myth for collectors. Put simply it is the most important Merlot in Bolgheri, but this is not the whole picture. To understand Masseto’s pursuit of excellence it is necessary to follow its dynamic evolution.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for a Masseto vertical of 10 vintages


The first vintage was bottled in 1986 and was called ‘Merlot dell’Ornellaia’; the first commercial vintage followed in 1987 and the latest vintage, Masseto 2017, was released in September 2020.

Over the last 30 years this exceptional wine has never stopped evolving.

Masseto’s evolution


Masseto vertical: 10 vintages tasted and rated


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