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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2016
    Tuscany, Italy
    85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
    In 2016 Bolgheri was blessed by the second exceptional vintage on the trot, after the superb 2015. People are struggling to remember two such excellent consecutive vintages and it is fair to say that the release of the wines has been much anticipated. The critics have been lavish with their praise. 100/100 Wine Advocate, 98/100 Wine Enthusiast, 18.5/20 Jancis Robinson Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate scored the wine a perfect 100 points, and gave it this review, full of superlatives. “The 2016 Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was enthusiastically assigned at the conclusion of a mini vertical in which I tasted and compared the 2016 vintage against 2015 (which I scored 97 points). It makes perfect sense to present these two excellent vintages in back-to-back comparison fashion because they are two of the best to emerge from Bolgheri, and indeed Tenuta San Guido, in recent memory. These are very similar vintages with long, hot summer months that fuelled a long growing season. There was a bit more rain in 2016, and in analytical terms this vintage has a tad more acidity. However, the results in the glass are extraordinarily different. The 2015 vintage is exuberant, round, succulent and immediate, whereas the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision (with similar grit and texture at the back). That acidity will carry it long into the future as the wine completes its slow evolutionary course. This wine is chiselled 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. To my mind, the 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage that set the ultimate benchmark for vino italiano.“ Bruce Sanderson of the Wine Spectator scored Sassicaia at 97 points, while Mick O’Connell MW scored it at 98 points and wrote this note. “Super-dense core of black fruit and cassis - wood spice still integrating. Dense and concentrated with fine grain tannin and superb length. Pure and very fine. A lot of complexity - spice and cedar with touch of cigar box. Really juicy acid too - almost mouth-watering which gives a fabulous freshness and purity alongside the intense fruit core. Fabulous. One of the best I have tasted from Sassicaia”. Sassicaia is today one of the most sought after fine wines in the world. This is larely because of the vision, enerf=gy and drive o proprietor Mario Incisa della Rocchetta. The name Sassicaia means place of many stones and the gravelly soil has been compared to those found in the Medoc. "Mid-deep ruby-garnet. A notable nose ragrance with tobacco scent lifts out of the glass. Acore or ripe, sweet cassis fruit is wrapped in subtle clove oak spice, some earthy tones and cigar box. Needs only a little coaxing from the glass, whish is surprising, given its youth. Focussed, precise and elegant cassis on the palate with crushed rock and tobacco. Very fine, fairly firm tannins, with a line of acidity helping to give structure. Very long, delicate, scented finish." Tim Jackson, MW, jancisrobinson.com

    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2016

    €350.00
  • Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2015
    Tuscany, Italy
    80% Sangiovese 15% Canaiolo 5% Syrah/Shiraz
    "The Chianti Classico has a crimson colour with typical sour cherry and bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure." Liberty Wines

    Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2015

    €35.95
  • Carpineto Dogajolo, Red
    Tuscany, Italy
    70% Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon & other varieties up to 30%
    A deep garnet colour with violet reflections. The bouquet is very fruity and intense, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice. The palate is full, with soft mouthfeel and complex flavours.

    Carpineto Dogajolo, Red

    €16.95
  • Vittorio Innocenti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
    Tuscany, Italy
    Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero & Mammolo
    Ruby red in colour tending towards garnet with age. It is a dense, spicy wine that opens up slowly to reveal layers of dark cherry, plum, Christmas spice and tea notes. It finishes dry and slightly tannic with a delicate scent of violets. Still youthful, this needs plenty of aeration to show its best.

    Vittorio Innocenti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    €29.95
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