2012 Sassicaia- 375 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Sokolin 2012 Sassicaia Tasting Notes:
This delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc may come in a small bottle, but it's sure enough and to spare when it comes to pleasure. The powerful nose announces dark cherry and black currant with some herbal and earthy tones, as well as some tobacco and oak. The air lets it blossom even more, if you're patient enough to postpone the satisfaction that your palate is waiting for. A well-balanced wine with some fine, but firm tannins, good acidity and enjoyable flavor of dark fruits with peppery background - promises an even better experience in a few more years.
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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 Tuscan/IGT: Many grape varietals are planted all over the world so they're not typical for one single country anymore. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc form part of many blends coming from different countries. Super Tuscan wines are produced in this Italian region, but grape varietals used in the making are not indigenous - those are mostly Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.|
|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.|
Great acidity, lovely tanninsA truly great wine. In the end, I felt sorry I only had one bottle, really need to add a few more to my collection. It really deserves to be uncorked on special occasions, it’s not an average, everyday wine. I suspect this Sassicaia will be brilliant in time, having in mind that it was pretty young when I tasted it.
However, the experience was unique and I can’t complain. Great acidity, lovely tannins that really surprised me with the softness and velvety feel that they gave to this beautiful red. Such a pleasant mouthfeel. I let it decant for a while and it got better, the blackberries and plum really came forward and left a prolonged, enjoyable aftertaste. A very elegant experience I’ll make sure to repeat as soon as I have the chance.
supreme strength and characterWow. I tasted the 2012 Sassicaia blind, and I was absolutely blown away by every single element of this wine. And when I saw the color! It just made perfect sense – this wine is spectacular. I have no words to describe it. It has supreme strength and character; I almost couldn’t believe it’s not an oldie, but a youngster. It has such a promising future, although it is quite hard to imagine being better than it is now.
On the nose, it shows some herbal tones, so enjoyable in combination with a dash of earthiness and some oak. It announces a total explosion of softness and delight on your palate, such great acidity with outstanding tannins. As for the flavor, dark berries prevail, and it shows some peppery tones. Drink now, drink later, drink anytime you have a chance!