Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%
The headline is that this wine does not seem to come from a hot vintage. This Sassicaia is elegant, precise with fine detail, the fruit voluptuous but surprisingly fresh. Medium to dark ruby in appearance; the nose opens out invitingly in the glass (not in an overly-complex way) with notes of mulberry, ripe red plum, wild berries, a hint of dried rosemary; the palate is a joy – juicy, fresh, black cherry, blackberry, pomegranate, velvety ripe tannins, superbly balanced. The wine is so well-knit with the structure almost subliminal, the soft tannins poised for early consumption. After layers of red and black fruit, the finish is tidy and quite curt. ABV 14% The 2017 was tasted alongside Sassicaia, 2007 as a comparable vintage. The 2007 had considerable secondary evolution – red brick edges, macerated fruit, a hit of black cardammon, tobacco candy, but the underlying fresh acidity was still intact, and the dryness on the finish contrasting with how ripe and rounded the register is in the 2017.
Wine Enthusiast - “The balance and beauty to this is impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, creamy-textured finish. It’s polished, yet concentrated.”
Decanter - "The 2017 vintage for Sassicaia was described by winemaking consultant Graziana Grassini as 'contracted and difficult, but it evolved impressively well with great strides during the oak ageing'. The wine shows a great intensity and elegance on the super-restrained nose of bramble fruit, layered with cedar, kiwi peel and a touch of oak. Surprisingly velvety, silky tannins and brilliant acidity are supported by creamy mid-palate weight with an amazingly savoury finish of cedar and tobacco."
James Suckling - "The balance and beauty to this is impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, creamy-textured finish. It’s polished, yet concentrated. Better after 2022, but already very seductive."
Wine Spectator - "A taut, densely wrought red, with black currant, black cherry, iron, wild herb and spice flavors matched to the elegant frame and restrained character. Balanced and long, this has a distinctly Old World feel and looks set to unravel its complex facets slowly. Terrific length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2043."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "To recap my assessment, and with the memory of the 100-point 2016 vintage so fresh in my mind, I would give this wine a seven out of 10 in terms of aromas, a five out of 10 in terms of mid-palate, and an eight out of 10 in terms of structure. Another way to read those conclusions is as follows: The 2017 Sassicaia was expertly built to withstand a long aging future, yet only time will tell if the beauty of the bouquet will evolve at the same pace. This fascinating wine magically captures the hallmarks of cool-temperature winemaking in one of the hottest vintages in recent years. Vintners, not vintage, won this round."