Italy’s most iconic, and collectible red wine is Sassicaia from the San Guido winery in the Sassicaia DOC of the Bolgheri region of coastal Tuscany. The 2015 Sassicaia was Wine Spectator’s #1/Top 100 Wine of the Year just a couple of years ago. Known as the first real “SuperTuscan” when released in 1968 by the now legendary founder Marchese Mario Incisa delle Rocchetta, today the winery is still run by Mario’s son Nicolé.
Allow me to introduce you to Mario’s grandson, and Nicolé’s nephew PIERO INCISA DELLE ROCCHETTA. Piero spent his youth working at the family’s San Guido winery in Bolgheri, and then managing his mother’s wine estates Titignano and Salviano in Umbria. He is still a family spokesperson for San Guido and it’s legendary Sassicaia. However, after an eye-opening visit to work the harvest in 2003, Piero founded BODEGA CHACRA in 2004 in the cool clime Rio Negro region of Patagonia, Argentina! YES! The “family” is certainly very involved in the success of the Chacra wines!
All of the farming of the Pinot Noir parcels is in-line with Bodega Chacra’s farming program – that is organic and biodynamic, however the fruit is not yet certified. (Certification takes five vintages of adherence.)
Cincuenta y Cinco comes from vineyards planted in 1955 which gently rest on a sea of pebbles, typical in riverbed soils. It is fermented with its whole bunches at very low temperatures, enhancing the floral characteristics of the wine. It is essentially 90% whole cluster with the rest of the stems used to make the pied de cuve. Cincuenta y Cinco has the most tension of all of Piero’s wines. It is aged in a combination of mostly neutral oak barrels and cement. 2019 N/R, 2018 WA 98, 2017 WA 97, 2016 N/R, 2015 WA 95, 2014 WA 94
“Extremely perfumed and beautiful with ripe strawberries and citrus fruit, as well as aromatic flowers. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit and creamy, chewy tannins that are polished and very impressive. Long and linear. One of the best of this bottling. Drink after 2023, but already a gorgeous bottle.” – 98 points, James Suckling.com