The original Sassicaia is a DOCG Bolgheri established by the Marquese Mario Incisa della Rochetta back in 1948 and is considered the first so called “Super Tuscan.” Produced only with a bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon, it has been compared with many of the first growths of Bordeaux.
Several hundred miles further south, near Salerno, there’s another winery that has been called the ‘Sassicaia of the South’ because it shares many similarities: cabernet is the primary grape used with a little merlot and the local aglianico; production is very limited (30,000 bottles) and the prices are astronomical.
Montevetrano, the ‘Sassicaia of the South’ is a family-run winery by Silvia Imparato. On just 5 hectares of vineyard, she is able to fashion a wine that also emulates the finest that Bordeaux can produce. That was Silvia’s goal: not so much to compete with Bordeaux but to produce a Bordeaux-like wine, because that is what she loved.
She hit the jackpot: her wine is a consistent Tre Biccheri award-winning wine. It has definite aging potential but is very approachable now with a delicious red berry fruit.
We intend to revisit Montevetrano on our 2016 Campania tour to relive the experience.