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 Spectator2016 vintage
2016 is a vintage worthy of praise, considered by some even better than the exceptional 2015. The fall was characterized by an unusually warm and dry climate. Proper winter started in late November with cold temperatures that remained low both day and night, until the end of January. At the beginning of April, the sharp rise in temperatures anticipated the sprouting of about 8-10 days. The proper arrival of the summer happened during the second half of June, with beautiful sunny days and summer temperatures. The veraison began at the end of July and the following weeks ensured an optimal phenolic and alcohol ripening of the grapes, allowing a longer permanence of the grapes on the plants. Great extraction in terms of color and anthocyanic structure, combined with an extraordinary aromatic component, elegant and subtle tannins are the distinguishing features of this Sassicaia vintage.
This wine is chiseled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine's tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavors.
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: 5.90 g/l
AGING: The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 24 months
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.10 g/l
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.