(From 2011 Vintage) Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length.
(From «nv» Vintage) The legacy of Sassicaia begins in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, "the place of many stones". This and a slightly more elevated microclimate of 20 acres, called Aianova, were planted in phases between 1965 and 1985, bringing plantings to the present extent of 90 acres in vines averaging 20 to 25 years of age.
Since the late 1960s, Sassicaia has represented a standard of production that is without compromise. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed, crushed and fermentation is set off by natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. For the first week, pumping over of the must takes place three times daily; during the second week, this is reduced to once daily until the end of the 14-day fermentation period. The wine is pressed from the skins and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place in 225-litre Allier and Tronais oak barriques, approximately 30 percent of which are new, for 18 to 22 months depending on vintage.
파커 100점 검붉고 진한 색이지만 아직 올빈스럽지 않은 빛깔. 향도 아직 완전히 피어오르지 않는다. 첫모금의 인상은 상당히 동글동글하지만 짱짱히 살아있는 까슬한 탄닌맛이 입안 전체에 퍼진다. 충분히 10년은 더 가도 될 것 같다. 1시간 지나니 산미가 좀 도드러지면서 은은한 베리향과 미네랄이 조화되어 휼륭한 균형감을 나타낸다. 1:30이후에는 산미가 얀간 도드라져 맛은 특유의 상큼함이 본연의 모습을 찾는것 같으나 역시 100점의 큰 의미를 찾는거는 의문
Still extremely youthful ! Fresh, big ripe fruit, mild spices with long smooth complexity & layers. One of the best Sassicala I have tasted till date.
Wine SpectatorRating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/96
Wine AdvocateRating: 100/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # E2002 on Dec-92