My love affair with Sassicaia, started in my early twenties. My introduction with Supertuscans was with this bottle and i feel in love right away.
The vintage that i tried was 1998. A great year for Sassicaia and Bolgheri. Compared with Ornellaia, I prefer it because of its Bordeaux Graves character. No doubt, Ornellaia is a great wine but it could be a bit flashy or flamboyant. To put in other words, it is like Valentino versus Versace.
As the years passed, i had the chance to taste other vintages. My favorite include 2001, 2004 and 2008. All those three have long persistance, marvelous fruit and structure. These traits are what makes Sassicaia a great wine.
The 2010 vintage was a bit like the 2001. It was uneven season with poor weather during flowering and a bit of rain during harvest in September. The blend has always been 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.
For me drinking a bottle of Sassicaia, it is always a grand affair. My special occasion was the visit of my aunt Giuseppina from Venezuela. I decided to pull a bottle of the 2010 from my cellar to see how it was doing:
Aromas of green peppercorns sauce with cigar box aromas. In addition, ripe cassis with blackcurrant and cocoa. On the mouth, structured , racy and very long. Polished and sweet tannins. Retronasal flavors bringing to mind earth, mineral and animal nuances bringing to mind wild boar. Oak is very well integrated. Overall, it is a stunning wine. In the spirit of Graves, Bordeaux but with Tuscan roots. If you can, leave it on the cellar for another 7-10 years. 95/100
We had this wonderful bottle with some good steak such as Sirloin and Filet Mignon on the BBQ cooked medium rare. When I am pairing wine of this caliber, I like to my simple food so the wine can shine. The match was perfect, as the wine’s tannins picking up the blood of the steak and the combination of flavors yielding a very complex taste. But what was really stunning, is how the texture and lenght of the wine changed. Morsel of steak and wine sip, it was an infinite experience.
Ciao and until next time.