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February 21, 2018

Leading Super Tuscan 2012 offer

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This morning we are very pleased to offer a rare and exciting parcel from the two greatest Super Tuscans; Sassicaia and Ornellaia. They are both famously hard to secure on release, let alone with a few years in bottle and with excellent provenance. We have a very attractive parcel of Sassicaia and Ornellaia 2012. The 2012 vintage is extremely appealing, as the vintage was hot and dry from June to August, characterised by an abundance of sun, causing the vines to slow growth. Rain fell at the right periods providing a tonic for the vines. The result was consistent ripening, yielding a generous, seductive wine, with all the hallmarks that distinguish a great vintage.

The result of said conditions meant that on release both these Bordeaux Blend giants tasted rather monolithic, with intense density and power. However, fast forward three years and both Ornellaia and Sassicaia 2012 have entered their respective drinking windows, with an abundance of high notes, lavender and eucalyptus. Both wines have plenty of weight and rich mouthfeel, paired with powerful tannin. The complexity, torque and balance is there for them to age for decades, yet, uncommonly at this age, they are drinking beautifully, with early notes of leather and caramelised flavours. We can offer six bottle cases of Ornellaia for £620, or 12 bottle for £1,240 and extremely special 12 bottle cases of Sassicaia 2012 for £1,325. We are offering a special deal; 12 bottles each for £2,500: 24 remarkable bottles to be enjoyed now and for two decades, available for immediate delivery.

James Suckling calls Sassicaia 2012 ‘the best Sassicaia since 2009.’, awarding it 95 points, Antonio Galloni says ‘The 2012 Sassicaia is dark and immediate, with gorgeous up-front richness, density and power. Black cherry jam, cloves and new leather are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass.’ When we released Ornellaia originally, it had not been tasted, however since then it has been awarded 97 points from James Suckling ‘A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018.’  Antonio Galloni has since awarded it 94+ points, describing it as a ‘Rich, powerful and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate intensity. Dark red cherry jam, wild flowers, licorice, smoke, tobacco and mint blossom in the glass.’ 

Ornellaia and Sassicaia 2012 stake up brilliantly in terms of potential upside. Ornellaia 2012 is priced today at £1,240 per 12 bottles. James Suckling has awarded the 2007 98 points, Galloni 93 and this trades today at £1,750, while 2004 scores 96 and 95 points respectively and trades at £1,800 per case of 12. In fact, the average trading price for a case of 12 Ornellaia from 2011 to 2000 is £1,650, offering the 2012 an upside of 33% over the next four to five years, based on vintage premium alone. Sassicaia 2012 tells the same story. The 93 point scoring 2007 trades at £1,800, the 95 scoring 2006 at £2,100, while Galloni awards the 2004 93 and Suckling 94 points, trading at £1,900 and the 2003 which has 93 and 95 points respectively at £1,850. Using the same metric, the average trading price for a case of 12 bottles of Sassicaia from 2011 to 2000 is £1,840, offering a 38% upside over the course of the next four to five years, based on vintage premium alone. As such, today’s offer provides excellent investment upside, or the opportunity to buy at a large discount to the future trading prices, which will make it taste even more delicious.

Ornellaia and Sassicaia are simply two of the greatest wines in the world, the two First Growths of Italy. In 2012 Ornellaia has a final blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Sassicaia 2012 on the other hand was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. They both deliver the quality of First Growth wines from warm vintages, at a fraction of the price. Ornellaia is akin to a Pauillac, with its density, power and colossal mouthfeel, while Sassicaia is a cross between Margaux and St. Julien, with weight, nuance, an intense and mind-blowing nose and a palate that combines richness, balance and harmony. This would make them perfect to taste alongside each other and watch their development. This is a special parcel, excellent for investment, just as compelling for consumption!

Sassicaia 2012, 12×75 – £1,325 IB

Sassicaia – 95 Points, James Suckling
Lots of lavender, minerals and black currants on the nose. Turns to blackberries. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and an exquisite finish. This is all about delicacy, finesse and grace. Yet there is a solid core of ripe tannins giving it backbone and outstanding form. Just opening now. Very pretty.

Sassicaia – 94+ Points, Antonio Galloni
The 2012 Sassicaia is dark and immediate, with gorgeous up-front richness, density and power. Black cherry jam, cloves and new leather are some of the many signatures that take shape in the glass. The 2012 is an unusually deep, concentrated Sassicaia that is going to need time in bottle to develop the full breadth of its aromas and flavors. Today, it is a bit monolithic, so readers need to be patient.

Ornellaia 2012, 12×75 – £1,240 IB

Ornellaia 2012 – 97 Points, James Suckling
A tight and silky red with compacted fruit and tannin texture featuring blackcurrant, mushroom and bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a minerally finish. Excellent structure and mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018.

Ornellaia 2012 – 94+ Points, Antonio Galloni
The 2012 Ornellaia has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it from bottle a few months ago. Rich, powerful and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate intensity. Dark red cherry jam, wild flowers, licorice, smoke, tobacco and mint blossom in the glass. There is a very slight element of dryness in the tannin that is the signature of a year in which ripening took place in fits and starts. It will be interesting to see if that note softens over time.

Special Price – 12×75 of each – £2,500 IB

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