Italian Icon Sassicia 2014 is Released
“One of the world’s great wines and an extraordinarily elegant expression of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in Italy”
Sassicaia is not only an Italian icon; it is a giant in the world of Fine Wine that rightly deserves its place at the top table of the world’s best wines. Sassicaia stretches the imagination beyond a singular triumphant vintage, award or figurehead. Great wines start with great vineyards that produce outstanding fruit year on year and, with its unique micro-climate, Sassicaia has stood above its peers regardless of the hand dealt from Mother Nature with its proven track record of producing excellent wines in tougher conditions. To prove that, we revisited the 2005 Sassicaia (93 Parker points) last week which was showing beautifully, a perfect example of Sassicaia managing to produce stunning wines of harmony, perfume and impeccable balance every vintage. This does not go unnoticed by the market with the 2005 price currently at £800 per 6 bottles in bond, highlighting the attraction of securing an allocation at release price each year.
“Sassicaia remains the most classic of the big Tuscan wines, with an emphasis on aromatic freshness and acidity that is the result of picking earlier than is common in most neighboring properties.”
We have no doubt that serious wine collectors should make considerable space in their cellar for Sassicaia year on year. We are lucky enough to regularly revisit older vintages and having recently tasted the likes of 2005, 2004, 1999, 1998 and 1988 (challenging years which all scored 93 points or below), as well as the 2014 from barrel and more recently bottle, this leaves us with no doubt that the 2014 vintage will provide a wine with appealing aromatics and enough flesh to realise Sassicaia’s considerable ageing potential, continuing the estate’s impeccable record of consistency.
In addition to Sassicaia, we are extremely proud to offer Guidalberto 2015 and Le Difese 2015. This offers an early glimpse into the excellent 2015 vintage which has produced wines of great generosity, elegant tannins and wonderful freshness.
Guidalberto is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot that carries the hallmark elegance and finesse that runs through Sassicaia, the sweet fruited Tuscan character of the Bolgheri area and the beguiling aromas that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are capable of creating together. Spending twenty months in one-third new oak barrels, this wine is irresistible two years from release yet has a proven track record of ageing well into a decade.
Le Difese is a nod towards the indigenous varieties of the region combining the appealing Mediterranean characteristics of Sangiovese with the depth of Cabernet Sauvignon to make a delicious wine that is ready to be enjoyed from release.
£545 per 6 Bottles In Bond
The 2014 Sassicaia is beautifully elegant and complex with wonderful balance and great length. On the nose, aromatic cherry and raspberry fruit aromas mingle with subtle notes of sage and rosemary and a hint of lavender and spice. The palate is refreshing and smooth textured with succulent red cherry and sweet plum characters balanced by supple tannins. A wine with lovely depth and a gorgeous finish, it is surprisingly attractive now but has all the freshness, intensity and refinement for long ageing. Drink from 2022 - 2038
£120 per 6 Bottels In Bond
The 2015 Guidalberto is an intensely flavoured wine with an expansive bouquet of red cherries and plums and a hint of wild flowers. A fine mineral quality on the palate balances attractive red berry fruit flavours and leads to a long finish with a hint of spice. Beautiful and bold with a firm but velvety structure and great ageing potential, this may be the finest Guidalberto ever - it is also the fifteenth anniversary vintage of this wine. Drink from 2017 – 2027.
£65 per 6 Bottles In Bond
A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.