Sassicaia 2019 is and will go down in the annals of this great wine estate, as being a refined and classic vintage – certainly one of the best this Century. Priscilla puts it somewhere between 2015 and 2016 in terms of style which makes sense as it has perfect balance, profound aromas, and a structure that, unlike 2016, is there but not intrusive.
Decanted 90 minutes before tasting the wine was reticent at first but then opened up like a flower captured in Slo-Mo. A pretty mélange of summer pudding – red and black fruit with a touch of cream – was shown, along with blossom and violets in what are extraordinarily beautiful and elegant aromatics. The mouthfeel is fresh and pure with washes of juicy blue and black fruits; there is considerable concentration and intensity here but held in check by a terrific core of acidity and tension. The tannins have a quality of grain that makes them almost imperceptible, but deliver great poise in the mouth and register on the long finish. The wine is obviously complex with darker flavors of jamon and licorice in the weave, dominated by a blood orange acidity that adds freshness and grip on the palate. This is a generous wine, fleshy, clean, and fresh that has all bases covered for many long years of aging. As with all true classics, it has a harmonious power that equals more than the sum of its parts – elements that are all seamlessly and joyously woven together.
Beautiful dark and shiny purple.
Intriguing with a very lively plummy fruit element that is enhanced by baker's chocolate, pepper spice, iron ore, caramel, and pie crust. There is also a green character that adds positively to the bouquet with aniseed, tea leaf, soya, menthol rub, and black olive.
The palate is lifted and bright, the finish is polished and long, and the wine skips over any heaviness on the mid-palate.