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    Sassicaia 2015

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    98pts Decanter

    97-98pts James Suckling

    97pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    97pts Wine Spectator

    "It is unarguably stunning." ~ Decanter

    This iconic Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri is a world class, highly sought-after collectible which is an amazing addition to any cellar. Because it has such extraordinary longevity, you can take your sweet time deciding when to enjoy it, what you'll eat with it, and who will be lucky enough to share it with you... We suggest that you muster any and all self control in your possession, and let this Italian rock star develop a while longer in the bottle. Either now or 10 years down the road, we are envisioning our first luscious glass with paper-thin slices of bresaola with orange-olive salsa and shaved Parmesan. Indimenticabile. The myriad of flavors and impressive nuances are too many to enumerate again (see the gushing reviews below), so we will go straight to our other favorite part: the main course. Leave your guests speechless with a rosemary-and-pepper standing rib roast with wild mushroom pan sauce. If you're able, go the extra mile and do the spinach-porcini stuffing; you won't regret it. This Sassicaia's powerful persona and its stupendous combination of elegance and force are fabulous with wild boar, so we say fettuccine with a wild boar ragù is another great option. Unveil the lovely, sweet tannins with grilled lamb and a mint-pignoli gremolata and curried vegetables. Forget about anyone leaving; they'll want another course. A room temperature Bra Duro cheese from Italy ought to do it. It has a lovely firm texture and tastes of nuts, herbs and hay. Grazie. Posso avere un altro?

    Decanter: "The first Cabernet grapes were picked on September 10th under perfect conditions, with yields a little lower than average. As is usual at Tenuta San Guido, the fruit for Sassicaia was gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel using natural yeasts. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine spent two years in French oak prior to bottling. This is certainly an exceptional Sassicaia, with a sumptuous nose of ripe, creamy black and red fruit with cedar and spice notes. The colour is by no means dark (as is often the case with Sassicaia), and the impression on the palate is one of controlled power underpinned by gorgeous sweetness and flowing elegance. This is a very confident wine with real authority and presence, beginning with a magnificent attack of rich cassis and ripe griotte cherry followed by cigar box and leather notes, and a long finish of savoury bay leaf and minerals. It's deceptively structured, the tannins wonderfully ripe, creamy and finely textured, while the juicy acidity also suggests that this wine has a very long life ahead of it. This 2015 exhibits everything that you’d want from Sassicaia - and more - because of its winning combination of winemaking savoir-faire, world-class terroir, old vine fruit, and an outstanding vintage. It is unarguably stunning. Drinking Window 2022 - 2050." Jan 2018

    James Suckling: "Bright and aromatic with black currant, orange peel, flower, and hot stone. Full-bodied, dense and rich yet always refined and beautiful. Incredible harmony already. Wait and see. Wonderful barrel sample to follow. Tasted at the winery." Oct 2016

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Having followed this wine's evolution in barrel for the past few years, it is an honor to evaluate the final product. This Sassicaia has blossomed since my previous encounters with it as a young, awkward adolescent. The long-awaited 2015 Bolgheri Sassicaia represents a tremendous effort that comes together with seamless precision and focus. This is a confident and proud red wine from Tuscany. Starting with the primary material at hand, you sense the quality of fruit thanks to the wine's beautifully dark appearance and the rich texture it offers to the palate. The acidity is integrated, but more freshness still would have been welcomed in my view (and would also contribute to its longevity). The bouquet is amplified both in terms of volume and length. Its playlist includes dark berry fruit, spice, leather, licorice and roasted coffee bean. Yet, the mouthfeel is extremely graceful and silky. The wine's undisputed pedigree is showcased on the palate. It should also be noted that this edition of Sassicaia feels more ready and open to me. It will age and evolve beautifully, but the 2015 Sassicaia can also be enjoyed in the medium-term. This wine is all about the here and now. Drink 2020-2045." Feb 2018

    Wine Spectator: "Rich and concentrated, this red features black currant, blackberry, violet, mineral and spice flavors. Dense yet lively, structured yet impeccably balanced, with vibrant acidity driving the long, fruit-filled aftertaste. The oak is beautifully integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2042." Jul 2018

    Winery: "In the 1920s the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta dreamt of creating a ‘thoroughbred’ wine and for him, as for all the aristocracy of the time, the ideal was Bordeaux. This is how he described it in a letter to the esteemed wine critic, Luigi Veronelli dated 11 June 1974:

    "…the origins of my experiment date back to the years between 1921 and 1925 when, as a student in Pisa and often a guest of the Salviati Dukes in Migliarino, I drank a wine produced from one of their vineyards…which had the same unmistakable “bouquet” as an aged Bordeaux…."

    In the 1940s, having settled with his wife Clarice on the Tenuta San Guido on the Tyrrhenian coast, he experimented with several French grape varieties (whose cuttings he had recovered from the estate of the Dukes Salviati in Migliarino) and concluded that the Cabernet had "the bouquet I was looking for".

    750ml, cork
    Varietal 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
    Aging 24 months in French oak barriques, 4 months further refining in bottle 
    Tuscany, Italy