What is it about the 1985 Sassicaia that makes it the stuff of legend? Sassicaia is known to Italian wine lovers as one of the great Super Tuscans, a wine made outside of the Italian classification system due to the proportion of non-Italian grapes in the blend. But 1985 has the special distinction of being the only vintage of Sassicaia ever to garner a 100 point score from Robert Parker. In fact, he called it one of the greatest wines of the century! In 1997, he wrote: "I had this wine in a blind tasting - I have had it frequently, and have never failed to give it a perfect rating. At the same time, I have often mis-identified it in blind tastings as the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild. In this tasting, the wine was phenomenal. The color remains an opaque purple. The bouquet is beginning to develop secondary aromas of cedar and truffles to go along with its intense cassis, black-raspberry, blackberry, tarry, toasty personality. Exceptionally dense, concentrated, and full-bodied, this wine possesses layers of concentrated fruit that are beautifully balanced by the wine's sweet tannin and well-integrated acidity. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. A monumental Cabernet Sauvignon, it is one of the greatest wines made this century. Tasting after tasting continues to confirm this wine's surreal level of quality. Despite being 11 years old, it remains youthful. My best guess for when it will reach full maturity is between 2000-2025. What a wine!"
Levels: bottom neck; two lightly torn labels
"This wine was impressive for its deep color, fresh aromatics and vibrant flavors. It offered attractive plummy fruit, cassis and toasted oak notes on a medium-bodied frame with excellent length and fine, silky tannins, conveying an impression of understated elegance. Readers fortunate enough to own this wine can look forward to at least another decade of prime drinking." Robert Parker, In the Cellar # G7 (May 2006)
1 dozen bottles per lot