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  • Country ranking ?

    232
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Spring lamb served pink with fresh herbs

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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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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Long, Gentle and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Smoky, Mineral, Herbs and Floral

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

Some real herbal and vegetal notes emerged here. Hints of chocolate. This vintage has 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cab Franc, and there is no doubting the Cab influence. Very strong here. There is an appealing plushness and some complexity. This is worth drinking but not an absolute superstar. 92
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Information

Origin

Toscana, Tuscany

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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