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2001 Sassicaia - 750 ml

97
ST

Product ID: 29091-750-XX4
Availability: Out of Stock
Vintage: 2001
Format: 750 ml
Color: Red
Country: Italy
Producer: Sassicaia
Rating: 97 ST
Region: Tuscany
Type of Wine: Super Tuscans/IGT
Varietal: Proprietary Blend

Description: Deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines raspberry, dark cherry, smoke, coffee, minerals and sexy coconutty oak. Then rich and very complex without any undue weight on the palate, offering deep, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, balsamic herbs and cedar. This still very young wine offers a rare combination of density, intensity of flavor and vinosity, finishing with fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of pepper and herbs. Along with the 2004, this is my choice for the best Sassicaia of the last 20 years, in a classic, ultra-clean and refined style. The 2001 vintage in Bolgheri was characterized by a deep freeze at Easter time (with temperatures down to -6¦C), which greatly reduced eventual vine yields and caused a 10%-15% decrease in overall production. A cooler than average September prolonged the ripening and brought more hang time for the fruit, allowing for optimal ripeness and the potential for complex, long-lived wines.

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