Varietal composition: Merlot
Vineyards: Sopraceneri (Lower Leventina and Riviera)
Vinification: The wine is vinified following the traditional bordelaise method with a maceration period of 14 - 16 days at 28 – 32°C. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is matured for over 16 months in barriques of French oak. Frequent racking from the lees allows the wine to be bottled without fining, filtration or other physical stabilization. This may result in slight sediment in the bottle.
Alcohol content: 13.5 % Vol.
Color: Deep and intense ruby red.
Bouquet: Deep and complex, an intense inviting bouquet of fruits like plum, blackberry and black currant that slowly unfolds undertones of dark chocolate, tobacco and light hints of menthol.
Palate: Rich and full-bodied. Smooth, fresh and fruity. Combines elegance and a superb structure with ripe and smooth tannins. Long and fresh on aromatic complexity, with a good balance on the very persistent finish.
Serving temperature: 18°C
Aging: The Sassi Grossi 2010 will reach its full expressive potential beginning in spring 2013 and will continue to develop in character through 2021 and beyond if properly cellared. Best if uncorked one hour before serving.
Packaging: 75 cl. in cartons of 6 bottles
150 cl. (Magnum) in cartons of 6 bottles or wooden box