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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.
SASSICAIA 2010 Appellation: D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia / Grape blend: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc
Soil composition: The vineyards are planted on plots of land with different and composite morphological characteristics, as well as with a strong presence of limestone. These areas are also rich in rocks and rather rich in clay and are located at an altitude between 100 and 300 meters above sea level, facing West - South/West.
Vine training: Cordon spur system
Planting density: Between 3.600 to 5.500 vine stocks/Ha for older vineyards and 6.200 vine stocks/Ha for newer vineyards.
Climate: Although not as rich in snow as the previous year, the climate in 2010 took us back in time: a long and cold winter, and a wet and cool spring. The bud burst was therefore regular, but certainly not precocious. During the winter we had temperatures below the seasonal average until the end of March and this allowed for the blocking of the vegetative phases of the vines. In mid-March we had significant snowfall and also the Spring was colder than usual, with temperatures below the seasonal average and heavy rains until May. This trend led to a delay in flowering and veraison and consequently, to a slower vegetative growth. Subsequently the temperatures aligned themselves to the seasonal average. This coupled with large temperature excursions between night and day, encouraged the development of perfumes. July was very hot and sunny with no rainfall and the development of the plants was regular, while in August we had about 70 mm of rains and the maximum temperatures did not exceed 32 degrees.
Harvest: The grape harvest started on the third week of September, 2 - 3 weeks later than the previous years, mainly due to the low temperatures during the Spring, which led to a delay in the development of the grapes. Harvesting ended in the second half of October, with perfectly ripe fruit, an excellent polyphenol development, sugar balance and alcohol content.
Wine making: The primary fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at a temperature of 30° - 31° C. The maceration of the skins lasted 15 days for both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc, with a combination of pumping over and délestage. The malolactic or secondary fermentation also took place in the steel vats. Ageing: The wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barriques and a few more months in the bottle before being released on the market.