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  • Country ranking ?

    355
  • Producer ranking ?

    39
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-roast shoulder of lamb

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The Story

After almost 30 years of experimentation and solid work the Marquis decided to release Sassicaia´s 1968 vintage to the open market using his cousin´s, Antinori´s distribution network in the early 1970s, with instant sensation. At a Decanter tasting of Cabernet wines in London, 1978, Sassicaia from vintage 1972 beat all the other 33 wines of France and California, and since then Sassicaia has been one of the leading wines in the world and in great demand among wine collectors and investors. The marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta passed away in 1983. His son, Marquis Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, now oversees all estate operations.

Sassicaia means “the place of many stones,” and refers to the region’s gravel soil. The original vineyards have a southwest exposure with extensive sun and maritime breezes that create robust vegetation. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed before fermenting with natural yeasts for 15 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak barriques (40% new) for 24 months, then refined for 6 months in bottle before release.

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Wine Information

The 1980 was a normal year, with modest rainfall, cool average summer and fall temperatures.

Wine making: 13 – day maceration with intense remuages immediately followed by malolactic fermentation.

Ageing: The wine aged 20 months in French oak barrels (68% - 70%) and Slavonian oak (30%
- 32%). Half of the barriques were new, the remaining were used once or twice before.

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Origin

Toscana, Tuscany

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

No Potential

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