2010 Sassicaia- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Wine Enthusiast | 97 WE
Silky rich in colour, these wines speak of careful extraction, nothing impulsive or overdone. At six years it is just tipping over from its tight expression of youth to more open aromatics. This has a hauntingly exotic but restrained feel, with beautiful notes of leather, woodsmoke, undergrowth, still full of heady autumnal fruit. I am crunching through October leaves, with the promise of spring and of rising sage and rosemary. The lightness that comes in on the finish is striking, and yet with a persistency that hints at hidden power. Still many years ahead of it. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc.
Decanter | 96 DEC
The 2010 Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia brings back some of the brambly rosemary and wild Mediterranean brush that was missing in 2009. This will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of Sassicaia’s trademark elegance. The wine shows extreme purity that brings its many beautiful aromas into startling focus and clarity. Lingering tones of black fruit and Oriental spice add subtle shades at the back. The wine mostly certainly shows its pedigree in the exciting and beautifully balance manner it evolves in the glass: It tells a new story each time you return to observe the bouquet. This is the harbinger of cellar longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
The 2010 Sassicaia is just beginning to show the first signs of aromatic development. Sweet tobacco, mint, pine, dried cherries and licorice open up in the glass, but only with great reluctance. The 2010 remains a wine of striking precision and nuance, but it also has an element of classical austerity that is especially apparent today. Readers should be in no rush to drink the 2010.
Vinous Media | 96 VM
The 2010 Sassicaia was just released and it's an outstanding bottle. I think that people are going to love this newest Sass. The red is very aromatic with currant, dried berry, cocoa bean, and hints of wood. It's full-bodied, with intense yet very polished tannins and a long finish. It's very refined and beautiful with a tangy finish. The Cabernet Franc comes through here at the finish. Lively. Hard not to drink now.
James Suckling | 94 JS
Cedar, sandalwood and spice notes lead off, with cherry, currant and rhubarb flavors underneath. Linear in profile, with a firm base of tight-grained tannins, this lingers beautifully on the finish. Persistent from beginning to end, this just needs time to expand. Best from 2016 through 2027. 3,050 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 94 WS
This vintage of Sassicaia is unabashedly green, shooting like an arrow of youthful vigor through all the succulent fruit. That frisky tartness will convert to complexity as the wine ages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of satisfaction in the wine right now, in its graceful weave of satin textures, cool sour cherry fruit, floral scents and the flash of oak. There’s a reason Sassacaia is the benchmark against which all other Tuscan plantings of Cabernet Cauvignon are measured, as it presents those varieties in a distinctive, age-worthy and deeply Tuscan way.
Wine & Spirits | 93 W&S
Sokolin 2010 Sassicaia Tasting Notes:
Probably one of the best Italian wines ever, the 2010 Sassicaia will fascinate you with its deep red color and sweep you off your feet with its elegance. You won't be able to come around for quite a while, as wonderful sandalwood, currant and dried berries with a touch of cedar and cocoa bean in the background is entering every single one of your pores. This wine is on a mission to take over your soul - there will be nothing left to do but to surrender after your palate is caressed with harmonious, rich, polished tannins that develop in a gorgeously prolonged aftertaste.
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|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.|
it could use a bit more time in the cellarI was amazed by the elegance of this wine. Even though it could use a bit more time in the cellar, as I feel it has even more to give, it’s already so dashing and refreshing that you have no idea what you’ll be missing on if you skip this bottle.
I didn’t drink it right away after the bottle was uncorked, but I think it only added to its charm – the color was amazingly deep, and the nose gave away wonderful notes of cedar, currant, a bit of cocoa bean. Such an enjoyable combination. On the palate, it was perfectly balanced, I believe, equal levels of acidity and sweet, rich tannins. The aftertaste was fairly long, quite pleasant. A lovely wine, you can’t go wrong with it.
gorgeous texture and harmonious balance that make this red feel like velvet in your mouthMy wife and I decided to open a bottle of the 2010 Sassicaia to celebrate our 15th anniversary. I have to tell you, we couldn’t have chosen better. It was definitely the highlight of our evening and went so amazingly well with the lamb we were having, and it even outshined the meal.
When I saw the fascinating dark red color I immediately knew that we were in luck and that this wine would make our little celebration perfect. Although it’s rather young, this red is the embodiment of elegance and grace in every aspect – from the enchanting sandalwood, cedar and berry nose, to fantastic, delicious tannins that give gorgeous texture and harmonious balance that make this red feel like velvet in your mouth. Feel free to drink now, no need to wait.