Sassarello Toscana Igt 2016
Case of 12 bottles.
From estate vineyards in Montalcino, this "Super-Tuscan" blend is 50% Sangiovese, and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Sangiovese was aged in traditional large oak barrels, like Brunello, while the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot matured in smaller French oak barrique. The ageing wines spent just approximately one year in barrel, before blending, and then a further 6 months in bottle before release.
“Sasso” means stone in Italian, and Sassarello refers to the small stones found in the Montalcino vineyards.
About Super Tuscans - Within Tuscany, there is a category of wines that rank amongst the most esteemed and expensive red wines in the world called “Super Tuscans”, which do not conform to the regional DOCG rules and regulations set out under the Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino denominations. They are typically blends of the local Sangiovese grape with international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot, but some are made from 100% international varietals. La Lecciaia produces two Super Tuscans - Il Baccanale, made in only in top vintages, and now Sassarello.
Our Tasting Note: Medium red colour with slight garnet tinges. Earthy aromas of dark cherry, plum, cocoa, and cedar/sandalwood notes. Medium-bodied, round on the palate, with good acidity and fine tannins and a relatively long finish.
Menu Matches: Pair with meat dishes, particularly pasta with meat sauce. Will work with hamburgers, steaks, and short ribs alike, as well as earthier-style vegetarian dishes.