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The Superb Siblings of Sassicaia

“One of the world’s great wines and an extraordinarily elegant expression of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in Italy”
Robert Parker

2015 Sassicaia has just been released to great acclaim as have the 2016 vintages of its 2nd & 3rd wines Guidalberto & Le Difese. These wines offer amazing value and a chance to taste the superb terroir of Sassicaia at a fraction of the price. Here’s a brief history of the estate.

The iconic wine of Sassicaia was born when the truly visionary Marchese Mario Incisa Della Rochetta realised the vast potential of Bordeaux varieties in Bolgheri, a coastal area. This project was honed over twenty years and only shared with close friends at the time. However, the great quality could not be kept a secret forever and eventually the family released the first commercial vintage of Sassicaia in 1968. Since then, accolades and acclaim have followed one of the most profound Cabernet dominant wines in the world to become the flagship Super Tuscan, and arguably Italy’s most important wine.

Sassicaia’s siblings Guidalberto and Le Difese are more approachable in their youth but still offer the perfumed fruit and structure of Italy’s most famous wine.

2016 Guidalberto @ £170 per 6 Inc. VAT

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 enticing 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.

2016 Le Difese @ £95 per 6 Inc. VAT

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.

The wines are currently at the estate and due to be shipped in April 2018. Email jwren@jwwines.co.uk to place an order. Stocks limited at this opening price.

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