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 (40% new) for 24 months, then refined for 6 months in bottle before release.
Wine Spectator2015 vintage
2015 has shown to be a very good vintage. After a mild and rainy winter, the vegetative start was in the second week of April with the arrival of spring and higher temperatures. The spring rains helped a lot the vegetation and ensured the water supply for the following summer. In June and mid-July temperatures were above the seasonal average, but by the end of July the temperatures lowered, returning to the average thanks to long rainy days, which was really good for the vines. The grapes were of an excellent quality. The wonderful structure and the elegant, soft tannins are the main elements of this vintage.
Pale and limpid with a wide aromatic bouquet. In the mouth it is pleasant with bright acidity and youthful red berries. Despite we are dealing with a delicate vintage, it shows great length and precision.
Pair with rich flavors like braised meats, osso bucco and aged, hard cheeses.
GRAPES: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC
ACIDITY: 5.95 g/l
AGING: The wine was aged in French oak barriques (40% new) for 24 months, then refined for 6 months in bottle before release.
points of distinction
- So successful it was granted its own appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC, as of 1994.
- A dense, complex wine of legendary longevity.
- The first Super Tuscan, this wine debuted in 1968.
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.