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February 25, 2019

IG Wines – Ornellaia 2010, £865, 6×75, 98 Pts & Sassicaia 2010, £800, 6×75, 96 Pts

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The brilliant 2015 and 2016 vintages in Tuscany have been received with enormous acclaim and demand. The wines are oversubscribed and hard to secure on release. The last vintage to have caused such a stir was the outstanding 2010, which will go down as one of the greatest ever. The 2010s are easily the equal of the 2016s and 2015s, a sublime vintage with true ageing potential. Nine years on the wines have entered their drinking window and offer captivating flavours only possible from the evolution of a seminal vintage.

When it released we viewed Ornellaia 2010 as a true collector’s item. We believe it is the finest ever made. With nearly a decade in bottle, nothing has changed here. At release it was awarded 97 points from Antonio Galloni who called it ‘one of the highlights of the vintage…2010 Ornellaia is dazzling’. In 2017 Galloni pushed this to 98 points, asking ‘how many dinners anywhere start with a wine on a level with the 2010 Ornellaia? I imagine not many…powerful and majestic, the 2010 is a total stunner‘. Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate agrees, saying Ornellaia 2010 is ‘a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it…The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It is profoundly impressive.’ It is a struggle to argue with the tasting notes, they verbosely sing the wine’s praises, simply because it is not only the finest Ornellaia ever, it is perhaps one of the finest wines ever from Tuscany.

If that were not enough, the game changer is that in 2010 Ornellaia commissioned Michelangelo Pistoletto to design the bottle to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Pistoletto garnered global acclaim in the 60s with his mirror paintings, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera. The bottle design reflects this and stands out from the crowd (in the same way that Mouton Rothchild’s 2000 bottle does) with its elegant black and special silk-screened gold and ivory logo. We have been trying to source a parcel for years, in order to re-release. Today, we are thrilled to be able to offer Ornellaia 2010 for £865 per case of six. A superb price for a true knock out wine, it is a masterpiece wine lovers will treasure for decades and lament once gone.

Sassicaia 2010, like Ornellaia, is one of the finest ever from this powerhouse estate. We view it as finer than the 2006, 2007 and 2013. In her original tasting note Larner awarded Sasscaia 2010 96 points and said ‘the buzz is back. Italy’s most iconic wine estate – the ground zero for all fine wine made in the country today… This will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of Sassicaia’s trademark elegance’. Galloni also awarded it 96 points calling it ‘beautifully persistent and chiseled in the glass, the 2010 is ultimately all about energy. This is going to be a fascinating vintage to follow’. He thereon re-tasted it saying, the 2010 remains a wine of striking precision and nuance’. We are thrilled to be able to re-release the 2010 today for £800 per case of six.

Sassicaia 2010 is undervalued at £800 per case of six. The 96 point scoring 2008 trades at £900, the 95 point scoring 2006 at £1,025 per case of six. This can be attributed by an oddity; Larner awarded Sassicaia 2010 91 points in 2017, which has slowed price growth. This can only be explained by a bad sample, or empirical error, it is known great vintages of Sassicaia can close down, prior to releasing an orchestral harmony and power that is unforgettable. The wine therefore is fascinating, considered by many to be one of the greatest ever from here, but trading at a discount. The 2016 already trades at £1,300 per case of six, an equal to the 2010 nine years on.

There is very little that separates Ornellaia from Sassicaia, least of all their history. Mario Incisa della Rocchetta (then owner of Sassicaia) planted vines in the 1940s, reportedly using vines from Lafite Rothschild. Ornellaia was planted in 1981 by Marchese Lodovico Antinori, cousin to Nicolo Incisa (the son of Mario). It is located adjacent to Sassicaia on the northern Maremma section of Bolgheri, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and is the answer to his cousin’s estate, Sassicaia. In 1985 Ornellaia released their first vintage. Over the last 15 years it has produced wine that critically speaking are equal to the finest wines found anywhere. Ornellaia produces on average 12,000 cases, Sassicaia 15,000.

We are big advocates of the 2016 vintage, however, the 2010 offers excellent value. We view these two standout wines as must own. As such we are offering a six bottle case of each for £1,665. We have very little available and cannot recommend them highly enough, they are two of the greatest Italian wines ever made and are very likely to rise in price in the short-term off the back of the 2016 hype, they are ripe for the picking.

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