Fifty years since their inception, Super Tuscans represent the top expressions of Italian winemaking today. The story of Sassicaia began in 1944 when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon vine cuttings from the famed Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux and planted them on a sloping hillside of their San Guido estate. From 1948 to 1967, Sassicaia remained a strictly private affair, only to be consumed at his Tenuta San Guido. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel. The gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, the place of many stones. Today, Sassicaia is classified as its own DOC and is one of the most sought after wines in the world!
"A very perfumed Sassicaia on the nose with forest floor, citrus and deep dark fruits. Blackcurrants. Cedar and black tea. Some balsamic. Pine needles. Full and very succulent. Really long, structured and complete. Tangy and energetic with a linear line of fresh tannins and acidity. Very Sassicaia throughout. 85% cabernet sauvignon and the rest is cabernet franc. Very attractive now in a youthful and vibrant way, but this will be better in three to four years." James Suckling, 97 Points
"The 2020 Sassicaia is a bold, rapturous wine. Dark, fleshy and expansive on the palate, the 2020 offers up scents of blackberry jam, gravel, spice, new leather, licorice and crème de cassis. Potent tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Sassicaia is never a huge wine, the 2020 does seem to have an extra dimension of textural intensity. It's an intensity that is hugely appealing." Antonio Galloni, 97 Points
"Complex aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry, iron, sweet tobacco and Mediterranean herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant, tensile red, which is already revealing plenty, yet still feels reserved, as though there were many more facets to be discovered. Superb harmony and freshness prevail, ending with a long aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2026 through 2045. 23,300 cases made, 5,300 cases imported." The Wine Spectator, 97 Points