Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Sassicaia means “the place of many stones,” and refers to the region’s gravel soil. The original vineyards have a southwest exposure with extensive sun and maritime breezes that create robust vegetation. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed before fermenting with natural yeasts for 15 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak barriques (one-third new) for 24 months, then refined for 6 months in bottle before release.
Wine Spectator2008 vintage
The climate was excellent over the entire year. From late autumn to early winter, even temperatures fostered the vegetative cycle of the vines. From mid-winter to late spring, rainfall was constant, and temperatures were cooler overall. From budbreak to flowering, there were no delays. The summer brought sunshine and warm conditions. From late July to late August, higher temperatures created no problems due to ground water and accumulated winter and autumn rainfall. The wide day/night temperature shifts were excellent, ensuring good phenolic ripeness and acidity in the grape skins. Due to the favorable growing season, the harvest began normally in early September and ended the first week of October.
Intense, concentrated and deep ruby-red, this wine offers complex aromas of red and black fruits, with spice and wild herb notes. In the mouth, the rich flavors are dense, yet elegant, harmonious and graceful, with sweet but firm tannins. With a long finish, this wine’s depth and structure will ensure an extraordinary evolution in bottle.
Pair with rich flavors like braised meats, osso bucco and aged, hard cheeses.
GRAPES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC
AGING: 2 years in French oak (40% new), 6 months in bottle
points of distinction
- The first Super Tuscan, this wine debuted in 1968.
- So successful it was granted its own appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC, as of 1994.
- A dense, complex wine of legendary longevity.
- In 2009, the climate conditions were excellent over the entire year.
about the grape +
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
The overwhelming success of Sassicaia, and now the introduction of two new wines, traces back to the ambition of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta to plant Bordeaux varieties in Tuscany in the 1940s.