2016 Sassicaia- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
-Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Sokolin 2016 Sassicaia Tasting Notes:
Let it sink in. The wonderful nose of tobacco, black currants, a dash of lavender and rosemary will make you impatient about tasting this gorgeous red, and it won't let you down. It welcomes you with a raspberry, plum and blueberry palate. Chewy tannins, on their way to become completely integrated, only add elegance to this young Sassicaia wine and promise it will become this world's living legend.
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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.|
A very solid wineA very solid wine, in my opinion. Not the best I've tasted, but a purchase I can't say I regret. I really like the aroma of barbecue spice, reminds me of how much I enjoy dashes of game or smoked meat in my wine. At one point, I paired the wine with some delicious meatloaf, and the result was quite positive.<br/>As far as the price goes, the wine is far cheaper than its quality suggests, so if you're trying to get the most bang for your buck, I guess this is a great option. I'm hoping that future vintages can at least replicate this level of quality.
What an absolute treat it was!When my wife and I saw a perfect 100-point score awarded to this wine by certain reputable critics, we felt compelled to try this lovely Sassicaia. What an absolute treat it was! The ripe cherry flavor had me hooked from the start, and the herbs and other fruit notes quickly followed.<br/>We can't wait to get more. I highly recommend these bottles to anyone patient enough to cellar them for a bit (although we didn't, and it turned out great nonetheless). The wine should be in its prime at least until 2050. Be ready for bidding wars if you want to secure a couple of these!