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February 02, 2016

Sassicaia 2013

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Sassicaia 2013 is a blockbuster wine, a truly great Sassicaia which has already been awarded one of its highest ever scores. Monica Larner of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has given Sassicaia 2013 95-97 points, a score which is reiterated by her note, ‘the exciting 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is shaping up to be an epic rendition of this celebrated wine… The 2013 vintage promises greatness.’ This score is the highest from barrel given by the Wine Advocate ever! Antonio Galloni, formerly of the Wine Advocate has also awarded it potentially one of his highest ever scores with 93-96+, saying, ’2013 Sassicaia is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Rich, layered and expansive on the palate, the 2013 possesses remarkable depth, spherical texture and fine, silky tannins that wrap around the finish.’

This high score in 2013 comes as no surprise, early murmurings have placed its potential in Bolgheri alongside 2010 and 2007. While most of Europe struggled in 2013, Tuscany excelled, a cool spring lowered yields, while a cool summer ripened the grapes slowly and Autumn followed suit allowing the grape growers to pick ripe and balanced fruit; ‘the 2013 vintage promises greatness’, Monica Larner.

The 2013’s scores places it in the pantheon of great Sassicaia, akin to 2010, 2006, 1990 and dare I whisper 1985! The table below represents all Sassicaia vintages awarded above 95 points by the Wine Advocate. It is obvious that this Sassicaia is set for a price rise. We are also releasing £10 lower per case of six than in 2011 and 2012 due to a favourable exchange rate.

Vintage WA Score 6x75cl Case
2013 95-97 £525
2010 96 £580
2009 95 £550
2008 96 £680
2007 95 £780
2006 96 £820
1990 94 £1,980
1985 100 £8,000

 
Over the last five years the price of Sassicaia (taken from the last 10 released vintages) has risen over 100% and the market expects this trend to continue. We view Sassicaia as one of the best investments in fine wine benefiting from a superb vintage premium and a growing global cachet. The cases will be available in July/August when we receive them from the Estate. In 2013 the blend represents the archetypal 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc and has been given a drinking windows of 2018 – 2040, this speaks of its future greateness. Sassicaia 2013 is the best since 2010 and one of the greatest in this magnificent Estate’s history.

 

 

A bit of history on Sassicaia
The Sassicaia Estate is situated near the Tuscan coast (Bolgheri) and has been owned by the Incisa family since 1800. It was Leopoldo Incisa’s writings on vines and wines that inspired his great grandson, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, to plant the Sassicaia vineyard on his wife’s estate, Tenuta San Guido. It is rumoured that he planted vines originally purchased from Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted on land in Tenuta San Guido in 1940 and all the wine produced for the next 20 years remained under the ownership of family and close friends. The 1968 wine was the first vintage to be produced commercially.

The name Sassicaia comes from the Italian word for stone (sasso) and its meaning can be summed up as stony fields. The vines are protected from sea breezes by the Tenuta San Guido castle and the south-west facing hill they are planted on. There are three vineyards on the Estate: Castiglioncello – the original plot of land (1.5 hectares), Di Sotto (13 hectares) boasting clay soil and 40 year old vines and the Aianova (16 hectares) which provides well drained soils of a similar age. Each plot is crushed and fermented separately in steel tanks at 30 degrees for around two weeks and then blended before ageing in oak. Historically they were aged in 60% French and 40% Slovenian oak. Today, however, all barrels are French, 30-40% new oak and aged for 24 months.

The Estate insists that it is the Cabernet Franc that is able to achieve full ripeness year on year and provides that unique finesse and famous longevity. In their youth the wines are ripe, rich, opulent and layered with black fruits, cherries, spices, minerals, herbs, new leather, caramel, smoke and toast. With age; sweet fruit, tobacco, cedar, porcini mushrooms, liquorice, flowers, maintaining a rich body with delicate tannin and a wonderful balance of masculinity and femininity.

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 95-97 Points
“Tasted from barrel, the exciting 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is shaping up to be an epic rendition of this celebrated wine. You get a clear sense of the quality of fruit with your first twirl of the glass. Even at this young stage, the wine shows impressive intensity and elegance. It boasts dark fruit nuances with bold cherry and blackberry that will gain focus and traction with time. Oak notes of vanilla and cinnamon are beginning to show their first signs of mellow integration. This was a cool but classic vintage that saw enhanced aromas, acidity and all the qualities that lead to healthy longevity. The 2013 vintage promises greatness.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 93-96+ Points
“Tasted from separate lots in barrel, the 2013 Sassicaia is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Rich, layered and expansive on the palate, the 2013 possesses remarkable depth, spherical texture and fine, silky tannins that wrap around the finish. A first sample, taken from a parcel in Mandrione shows remarkable perfume, while a second sample, from 40 year-old vines in Castiglioncello is all about density and power. There is a lot to look forward to here, that much is obvious.”

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