Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC

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Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC is more than just a wine, it is the symbol of a project for a new wine in one of the regions with the greatest oenological tradition in the world, Tuscany. It is a red wine, dry, based on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, produced within a single company, Tenuta San Guido in the town of Castegneto Carducci.

The name “Sassicaia” traditionally indicates an expanse of stones; so was really this area before the challenge faced by the marquis Mario Incisi della Rocchetta in wanting to change the face of these hills and, indirectly, that of Tuscan wine. The idea, then revealed successful, was to produce a great wine for aging, on the false line of the famous Bordeaux wines.

It all began in 1944 with the planting of some vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, amid the ridicule of local farmers who had always obtained very little from those lands. For some years it was consumed privately and only in 1968 it was put on sale as a simple table wine, which remained so for many years. Only in 1994 became part of a denomination - the Bolgheri DOC - and then have its own designation of origin in 2013.

Tasting

The color is intense garnet red. The bouquet is intense and complex, with elegant hints of wild berries, vegetal and balsamic notes. The taste has a good structure and a great persistence, it is soft, warm, elegant and tannic.

Food pairing
Service
  • temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • glass: wide wine glass
  • longevity: 10-20 years

Designation

Production zone
  • region: Tuscany
  • province: Livorno
  • municipality: Castagneto Carducci
Typologies
  • Bolgheri Sassicaia
Grapes varieties
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 85-100%
  • other grapes 0-15%
Grapes maximum production
  • 70 quintals/hectare
Wine maximum yield
  • 49 hectoliters/hectare
Aging
  • 24 months (at least 18 in oak barrels smaller than 225 liters)
Minimum alcohol
  • 12,0%
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