James Suckling 94 points

Wine Advocate 94 points

Wine Spectator 95 points 

REVIEWS

Wine Spectator 95 points - "Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy midpalate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc."

Wine Advocate 94 Points - "The quality of fruit is beautiful indeed, albeit on the soft side. The bouquet is redolent of wild blackberry, cola, Mediterranean herb and blanched almond. In the mouth, it delivers a lingering sense of strength and firmness with ash, crushed rock and dried cherry."

James Suckling 94 points - "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. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987."

 

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Tuscany, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

The wine that started the Super Tuscan movement in limited magnum format!

Sassicaia is arguable the most collectible wine out of Italy and remains one of the most sought after wines in the world. The Tenuta San Guido estate is considered the Tuscan birthplace for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta paved the way for the Super Tuscan movement introducing Sassicaia (Tuscan dialect meaning "the place of many stones") to the marketplace in the 1960s. It still sets the bar for the category, as well as being one of the most elegant Super Tuscans currently being produced in the Bolgheri District (Southern Tuscany).

I was able to lock in a small cachet of rare magnum-1500ml formats from the solid 2011 vintage (WS95, JS94). Standard-750ml format bottles are usually in limited circulation, but magnums are even harder to procure. Time to lock some in for your collection. This bottle will anchor any Italian segment of the cellar. Any Sassicaia release holds its value better than most stocks and real estate dealings, considering the wine's auction track record. Back-vintages of magnums are rarely seen lower than $450 per bottle. Furthermore, provenance is supreme coming directly from the National Importer.

Traditionally, a Bordeaux blend of 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Cabernet Franc is legendary for its length, aging ability and complexity. Last month, I was at a dinner and tasted the 1985 and 1988 which were in impeccable condition and drinking like a nicely aged St. Julien, Bordeaux. Procuring magnums will only be an added benefit for laying down for a decade or more.

Sassicaia is the Italian starting point for any complete wine collection. I have a limited amount available of these magnums, and for those that appreciate the finest wines from Italy (or anywhere else in the world), today's feature is absolutely a "MUST-HAVE".
Molte Grazie!

TASTING NOTES 

Winery Tasting Note: 

"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."

THE STORY TO KNOW

The Tenuta San Guido is a 7,500-acre estate located in the province of Livorno on the western coastal outskirts of Tuscany near the village of Bolgheri. Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta acquired it through his marriage to Clarice della Gherardesca in 1940.
The legacy of Sassicaia began 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".

With the radical changes in the D.O.C. system of regulations as of the 1994 vintage, Sassicaia's extraordinary reputation was acknowledged through the Italian government's granting the wine its own appellation.

Sassicaia is today considered to be the new plus ultra of Italy's great red wines for its consistent excellence and its intuitive spirit. Acclaimed by the wine world's most respected voices, Sassicaia remains the legacy of its creator, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and his son, Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

All the classic red meat preparations.