1988 Sassicaia- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Cinderella got a pumpkin carriage and a wonderful gown from her fairy godmother, and what yours brought you straight from fairyland is a bottle of the finest red wine you’ve ever tasted – a bottle of 1988 Sassicaia. And trust us, you’ve got yourself a much better deal.
This gorgeous,vintage Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Italy is absolutely spellbinding and this will all be clear to you as soon as after the first sip – it simply can’t be anything short of magic.
A lovely, classical bouquet will take over as soon as you uncork the bottle, with its enchanting earthy, leather and cedar notes and a dash of red fruit. But it’s actually nothing compared to the full, rich-tasting palate, silky dark cherry flavor and wonderfully integrated tannins that will immediately infatuate you. The harmony beaming from this beautiful red is absolutely undeniable.
|Availability||Out of Stock|
|Country||Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.|
|Producer||Sassicaia: The story of Sassicaia in the 1920s begins with Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and his dream of creating a ‘thoroughbred' wine, that at the time, was no other than Bordeaux. As all Premier Cru vineyards, grapes are hand-picked and subjected to soft pressing and fermentation in steel at a controlled temperature of 30-31 °C. After steel malolactic fermentation, the wine is placed in French oak barrels, where it ages for at least a minimum of 2 years before being bottled. The wine is characterized by an intense and regal red color. When it comes to taste, a wide variety of red fruits provide a full-bodied taste, while soft tannins ensure a long-lasting finish. The overall balanced perfection in the tasting makes Sassicaia suitable for all special occasions.|
|Region||Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.|
|Type of Wine||Super Tuscans/IGT|
|Varietal||Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.|
Forceful and intense at first but has a lovely tingly finishIt's certainly a kicker. The taste is just so forceful, like a battering ram aimed at your tongue. I enjoy a bit of extra punch in my wine, so that made me quite happy. The fruit is very intense. The crushed rock is a hair more pronounced than what I would consider ideal, but I could hardly notice it by the end. Speaking of which, the wine's got a lovely, tingly finish. I'm hoping more bottles become available once my wallet is ready, as I can list a few people in my phonebook that would appreciate a gifted bottle or two.
Feels like silk on the tongueMy wife and I were stoked to finally get our hands on one of these, and it didn't disappoint! I loved the strong mineral aspects of the wine, while she said it feels like silk on the tongue. It's certainly an intense ride, and we're planning on buying more at some point soon. The berries are super-juicy, which went very well with the anniversary steak my wife prepared that day.<br/><br/>What else is there to say? It's a great wine, so get it while supplies hold. We're hoping to have at least one ready for our son's wedding this year.