(2005 Vintage) GRAPE VARIETIES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: A period of contact with the skins of approximately 15 days in temperature controlled steel vats with a combination of pumping over of the cap and 'delestage' AGING AND REFINEMENT The wine is aged in French oak barriques (one third new oak) for 24 months. The wine is refined for 6 months in bottles before release PRODUCTION: Approximately 180,000 bottles
Tried at Il Teatro in Macau (FID offsite, April 2011). The wine improved after about an hour of decanting. Initially high acidity but over time became more elegant and balanced. Tasted a lot of Sangiovese grape. Interested to try other years as 2005 not supposed to be a great vintage (also might have been too young to try)
- about 6 years
Wine EnthusiastRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
Wine & Spirits(2000 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Antonio Galloni(2008 Vintage) "The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be treated to a sublime wine once this settles down in bottle. Muscular, firm tannins frame the exquisite finish in this dark, implosive Sassicaia. The 2008 S...