Robert Scibelli pours 2000 Sassicaia, 2001 Pergole Torte, and 2003 Sammarco
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste three of Italy’s most collected Super Tuscans from some of the best vintages in recent memory.
First released in 1968, Sassicaia is the original Super Tuscan. A blend of Cabernet and Merlot, the wine is made using grapes grown in the gravelly soil of Bolgheri, similar to that of Graves in Bordeaux. The 2000 harvest was hailed by many wine writers as one of the best vintages of the century and this vintage is drinking beautifully right now. Sassicaia is becoming increasingly difficult to find in this country as most allocations are spoken for before they even reach American shores. Owner Nicola Marzovilla bought the 2000 vintage at auction a few years ago.
Produced by the famed Montevertine winery in Chianti Classico (specifically, in the township of Radda in Chianti), Pergole Torte is also one of the earliest Super Tuscans: first bottled in 1976 and first released the following year, Pergole Torte is a 100% Sangioveto (Sangiovese) that undergoes long maceration with skin contact, daily punching down of the cap, and then 18 months aging in Slavonian oak. The resulting wine is arguably one of the most powerful expressions of Italy’s greatest and most widely planted grape. Like Sassicaia, Pergole Torte is extremely difficult to find and is highly collectible. It is also distinguished by its artist labels, created expressly for each vintage by celebrated Italian painter Alberto Manfredi.
Also located in the heart of Chianti Classico (in this case in the township of Panzano), the Castello dei Rampolla winery also produces one of Italy’s most famous and coveted wines, Sammarco. Historically, Sammarco (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Sangiovese) was created by legendary Italian winemaker Giacomo Tacchis, who continues to oversee its production. Aggressive vineyard management, extremely low yields, and judicious use of wood (only 30% of the wine is aged in new Slavonian oak) make for a Super Tuscan that truly reflects the unique terroir of Chianti Classico. The 2002 harvest was an excruciatingly difficult one for central Toscana and very little Sammarco was produced. But with the 2003 vintage, this historic wine was returned to its former glory and enough wine was produced that it has become available at a reasonable price on the American market.
We rarely open such expensive bottles for our tastings, so don’t miss this opportunity to taste some of Italy’s greatest trophy wines with Robert Scibelli, DWS of the International Wine Center in Manhattan.
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This Week’s Tasting: Sicily and Sardegna
Summer schedule for weekly tastings: beginning next week, Vino’s free weekly tastings will be on Thursdays and Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
This Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30) the Vino staff will be pouring 6 wines from Sicilia and Sardegna.
These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.
You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.
Friday and Saturday tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to email@example.com.
The Vino staff will be pouring the following wines.*
- Scurati Bianco 2006 Ceuso
was $17, now $13.60
- Nero d’Avola 2003 Curto
was $12, now $9.60
- Cannonau Anzenas 2004 Dolianova
was $15, now $12
- Monica di Sardegna 2004 San Pantaleo
was $17, now $13.60
*Wines subject to change depending on availability.
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Upcoming Events at Vino and I Trulli
Mark your calendars: things are heating up at I Trulli and Vino, and you won’t want to miss out!
Thursday & Friday Free Weekly Tastings: Vino’s summer schedule for tastings starts next week, so come by on Thursday or Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
June 13 – Brunello Seminar (6:30-8:30 p.m., $105): Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson will pour 10 wines from this storied appellation. Sign up before the class fills up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20 – Sparkling Summer Blast-Off (5:30-7:30 p.m., $35): There’s no better place to celebrate the official beginning of summer than the beautiful I Trulli garden. Kick back with antipasti and sparkling wines. Space is limited and filling up fast, so sign up today by emailing email@example.com.
June 26 – Taste of Toscana Dinner (7:30 p.m., $150): This very special evening brings the much-celebrated flavors of Toscana to I Trulli with five courses and five wines. This event will sell out, so be sure to book your place now by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.