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2012 Piaggia Il Sasso, Carmignano, Toscana, Italy

$37.95 $35.95

“Plush, bursting with black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, tinged by spice accents. All the components are in proportion. Dark fruit and spice flavors emerge on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made”. – 92 points – Wine Spectator (Sept 2015)

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Yes, it was back last February after the SF Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting when a group of us gathered at La Nebbia for some “convivality”.  Sylvia Vannucci, the owner and winemaker of Piaggia was amongst us, and she generously shared her 2012 II Sasso from the family’s estate vineyard in the Carmignano DOCG about 14 km west of Florence.

Sylvia’s father Mauro Vannucci rejuvenated the Carmignano area when he purchased land to plant vines there in the mid-1970s.  Piaggia continues to be the leading quality producer in the region with 15 hectares under vine (about 37 acres).  Although only about 40 square kilometers, Carmignano is not an obscure growing region and has a long history dating back to the thirteenth century.  And for history and SuperTuscan buffs, it may interest you to know Cabernet Sauvignon has always played a role with Sangiovese in the final blend of Carmignano wine since Catherine de’ Medici gifted vines from Bordeaux in the sixteenth century.

So it was with great dismay when I learned the black cherry pie-like, balsamic tinged, lush, mouthfilling 2012 Il Sasso was a “suitcase” bottle, and not available until the end of summer!!  WHAT??

Super tight spacing of 2600 vines per acre  is key to the low yields produced to make this intensely aromatic and flavored wine.  Hand picked and sorted, fermented spontaneously on indigenous yeast, this is a masterful blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot.  After a 20 day maceration, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels for at least 15 months.  No filtration or clarification is practiced other than racking.

“Plush, bursting with black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, tinged by spice accents. All the components are in proportion. Dark fruit and spice flavors emerge on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made”. – 92 points – Wine Spectator (Sept 2015)

Additional information

Status

Best of Region, Best Value, Original SuperTuscan!

Vintage

2012

Bottle Size

750 ml.

Type

Proprietary Tuscan Red

Producer

Piaggia

Proprietary Name

Il Sasso

Specifics

Blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot

Cellaring Potential

Delicious and enjoyable now, but should evolve nicely over the next 4 – 5+ years!

Country

Italy

Region

Tuscany

Sub Region

Carmignano