Sassi Grossi

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Switzerland  Ticino 

Elegant, balanced, with a fresh finish - beautiful wine. Always surprises me by being better than I remember. How do they do it?

Winemaker Gialdi & Brivio
Features Oaked, Low Intervention, Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Merlot
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Sassi Grossi Merlot 2016 75cl cl
£70.80
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Alpine Wines HQ5 available, ships week comm. June 12
Sassi Grossi Merlot 2015 75cl cl
£70.80
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Alpine Wines HQ2 available, ships week comm. June 12
Sassi Grossi 2012 75cl cl
£69.64
StoreAvailability
Alpine Wines HQ2 available, ships week comm. June 12
A wine that can delight the wine lover, and also the wine snob and also friends who don't particularly geek out on wine
Intense dark and brooding fruit, with a surprising freshness

The freshness and complexity surprise me every time. Yes, this has spent 15 months in French oak, and yet, because it is a slow wine, unfined, unfiltered, unstabilised (or maybe because it ages under a mountain?), it keeps a freshness and intensity of fruit that is just delicious. A very accessible intense merlot, in a good way.

Even if you're rather oak sensitive, like me, and even if you are in general fed up with Merlot, this will delight.

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Gialdi & Brivio
Country Switzerland
Region Ticino
Features Oaked, Low Intervention, Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
AOC Ticino
Aged In Barrel (new)
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Merlot
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Malolactic
Don't think you have to stick with the usual "intense wine" matches of venison, duck, hung beef. This has a lot of flexibility, thanks to the unfiltered fruitiness. Easy to enjoy solo, easy to enjoy with lighter dishes, and especially delicious with ham on the bone.
Tasting Notes

Bouquet: An intense inviting fruity bouquet of plums and blackberries. With hints of liquorice, coffee, and mint.

Palate: Smooth, rich, full-bodied and still fruity. It combines elegance and a superb structure with ripe and smooth tannins. Long with a good balance on the very persistent  finish.

2016
Product Code 41GB0916
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13.5
Last Tasted 5 Mar 2020
mature evolution? No
Also Available at Online Exclusive
Case Size 6
Sweetness dry
Closure Natural Cork
Allergens Contains Sulphites
2015
Product Code 41GB0915
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13.5
Last Tasted 5 Mar 2021
mature evolution? No
Also Available at Online Exclusive
Case Size 6
Sweetness dry
Closure Natural Cork
Allergens Contains Sulphites
2012
Product Code 4115244
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13.5
Last Tasted 5 May 2016
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2030+
Also Available at Online Exclusive
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
Allergens Contains Sulphites
Composition Merlot 100%

The wine is vinified following the traditional bordelaise method with a maceration period of 13 - 18 days at 28 – 32°C. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is matured for over 15 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.

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