The 2013 Sassicaia is a wine of grace and understatement. Silky, perfumed and medium in body, the 2013 is one of the most delicate young Sassicaias I can remember tasting. At times, the 2013 does not taste much like a wine from Bolgheri at all. That is not positive nor negative, but simply an observation. Scents of lavender, sage and menthol wrap around a core of blue/purplish fruit. There is good definition to the aromatics, but several recent bottles haven’t been as impressive as barrel samples were last year.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033
Robert Parker 97
I had reviewed this wine just a few months prior and my impression has remained pretty much the same. One difference I did notice at this more recent tasting of the 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the bouquet. It has shifted to slightly more delicate and finessed aromas of pressed flower and blue violets. You do of course get that solid core of dark fruit and spice that characterizes this famous Tuscan blend. But that extra time in the bottle has awarded wiggle room for profound precision and focused detailing. The wine’s complexity emerges slowly with subtle notes of savory spice and tobacco. There is power and depth here, especially in terms of the mouthfeel. As the wine evolves in the glass, it begins to show ethereal tones of road paving, tar and licorice. This Sassicaia should go straight into the cellar.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040
Mid crimson with the strong balsam note on the nose that I noted when I tasted a couple of samples of this wine last month. Very much a restrained style – nothing like the full-on opulence of Ornellaia. I wonder whether there is quite a bit of younger-vine fruit in the blend? But it builds towards the most appetising and elegant finish. Pretty smart, but it seems just a little timorous. I don’t think this will go down as one of Sassicaia’s landmark vintages.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040