Wine Details

La Spinetta Sassontino Riserva Toscana IGT

The Sassontino is a pure expression of Sangiovese from 45-year-old vines, allowed to age slowly at the winery for a full ten years before its release to market. This is an incredibly fine and elegant illustration of the quintessential Tuscan grape with red and blue berry aromas followed by crushed rocks, balsam herb and licorice. The vineyard site is characterized by loose, sandy soils with a notable presence of ocean sediments, contributing to the aromatic purity and finesse of the final result. Rich and dense, a delightful vibrancy gives this Riserva a gracefulness that will continue to evolve for many years.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Tuscany

Varietal:

95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino

Vineyard:

Casanova, Terriciola, Tuscany, south exposure

Yield:

2,000 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aging in medium toasted French oak for 12-14 months

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

38 years

pH level:

3.3

Acidity:

5.8 g/L

Production:

10,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous, containing ocean sediments

Training:

Cordone Speronato

Average altitude:

250 m

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 6-8 days in roto fermenters at controlled temperature, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Middle of September

First vintage:

2003

Cellar:

La Spinetta Casanova, Tuscany

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 3 months before bottling, aging in bottle for 8 years, no filtration or clarifying

Release:

10 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

93+

La Spinetta Sassontino Riserva Toscana IGT 2006

Wine Advocate (93+)- "The 2006 Sassontino is a pure expression of Sangiovese from 45-year-old vines. Past editions of this wine saw a small percentage of Colorino (about 5%) in the blend, but I am told this is no longer the case. The wine ages slowly at the winery for ten years before its commercial release. This is an incredibly fine and elegant expression with wild berry aromas followed by balsam herb, cola and licorice. The vineyard site is characterized by loosely knit, sandy soils, and these contribute to the aromatic purity and finesse of the final result."

90

La Spinetta Sassontino Riserva Toscana IGT 2004

Wine Advocate (90)- ""The 2004 Sassontino is made in a similarly intense style, but it possesses a more layered expression of fruit. The wine took quite a bit of time to open in the glass, yet it offers outstanding potential. There isn’t a whole lot of Sangiovese typicity here, but this is very pretty wine nonetheless. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. Giorgio Rivetti’s Tuscan wines continue to show improvement. Interestingly, Rivetti prefers medium-sized barrels for his Tuscan wines as he found the smaller 225-liter barrels didn’t allow his Sangiovese-based wines to express the full breadth of their qualities.""