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.”