“They almost always hit that enviable sweet spot that sees good winemaking happily married to territory-driven personality.”
In an A-list lineup of 2015 Super Tuscans — Sassicaia, Solaia, Tua Rita Redigaffi, Masseto, and Ornellaia — today’s Podere Sapaio “Sapaio” Toscana IGT was right at home, despite one glaring difference: cost. We’ll go out on a limb and say that Podere Sapaio is the greatest value source of world-class Super Tuscans today. Why? As Robert Parker proclaimed, “They almost always hit that enviable sweet spot that sees good winemaking happily married to territory-driven personality.” Today’s 2015 hits more than the sweet spot, with 96 points from James Suckling, who raved, “Could be one of the best Sapaios in years… Fantastic intensity here. Love the depth and richness of blackcurrant and dark-chocolate character.” $75 on release. An eye-popping $49.99 per bottle today on Wine Access. Only 40 cases.
Critical acclaim for the 2015 Sapaio didn’t end with James Suckling. Parker’s Wine Advocate continued: “The wine is dark and luscious with a thick and rich quality of dark fruit. Purple plum, blackberry and cherry emerge with fragrant intensity. The wine boasts a beautiful texture that is soft and powerful at once.” The 2015 growing season at Podere Sapaio brought forth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot that, when blended, combined the richness of a Napa Cabernet twice the price with the structure of a stunning Left Bank Bordeaux from a ripe vintage.
Owner Massimo Piccin has been making stellar wines from these windswept 60 acres of Bolgheri’s clay-loam soils since 1999. His deep commitment to the land is unwavering, as is his commitment to value. While neighboring wines like Ornellaia and Sassicaia will set you back hundreds, Podere Sapaio’s “Sapaio” is the underdog, the overachiever that stands shoulder to shoulder with the big boys at a fraction of the cost.
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