85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 24 months
2016 is a vintage worthy of praise, considered by some even better than the exceptional 2015. The fall was characterized by an unusually warm and dry climate. Proper winter started in late November with cold temperatures that remained low both day and night, until the end of January. At the beginning of April, the sharp rise in temperatures anticipated the sprouting of about 8-10 days. The proper arrival of the summer happened during the second half of June, with beautiful sunny days and summer temperatures. The veraison began at the end of July and the following weeks ensured an optimal phenolic and alcohol ripening of the grapes, allowing a longer permanence of the grapes on the plants. Great extraction in terms of color and anthocyanic structure, combined with an extraordinary aromatic component, elegant and subtle tannins are the distinguishing features of this Sassicaia vintage.
This wine is chiseled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine’s tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavors.
Pair with braised meats and hard cheeses.