Robert Parker 93
This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. 24 months in French oak. Tasted blind. Mid garnet – looks quite old. Not star bright and without that much aroma. Quite funky and different. An outlier? Something a bit salty about this. Just a tad skinny and lean. San Leonardo-like.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2026