Italian Wine, a Rare Privilege
There are few certainties in the wine industry but there can be no doubt that Italy produces some of the world's most famous wines. We need only consider the Sassicaia 1985, the annus mirabilis for this excellent wine. However, if you happen to find yourself caught in a dispute between connoisseurs, no doubt someone will argue that Barolo has a longer history.
The first international awards won by Barolo date back as far as 1873, when it received seven gold medals at the competition in Vienna. Since then, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera and many other delicacies from the Piedmont region have also risen to fame.
Maserati chose this very area, with the winding roads and seemingly painted landscape of Nizza Monferrato, to unite two experiences of innovative tradition. The aim of the collaboration with Scrimaglio, a historical regional winery and winner of prizes from all over the world, is to associate a prestigious brand that acts as an ambassador for the world of Italian luxury with an authentic and genuine product: wine. This is how the Scrimaglio wines, bearing the Maserati label in the Premium and Classic ranges, came about.
Barbaresco Classic Method, Barbera, Gavi and Prosecco
The Maserati labelled Barbaresco Classic Method in the Premium range, as well as the Barbera, Gavi and Prosecco in the Classic range, describe a link between precious things that unite the magical and tangible land throughout Italy and the world, that strive for good taste and perfection in wines, food, fashion and, of course, automobiles.
There are many common factors in the creation of a great wine and a great car, but two stand out: passion for the product and the local region, and on-going research into excellence. Maserati bases the characteristic traits of its products on these values, and when it meets others following the same methods to reach the same objectives, it forms collaborations that always succeed in raising the standard of luxury and performance.
Impossible to find?
Sassicaia 1985 is sold by word of mouth and by the best wine merchants specialising in rare wines. It is known, however, that the Tenuta Di San Guido in Bolgheri has around 1000 bottles stored away, reserved for tastings by clients and, above all, for toasts between friends on truly special occasions. Scrimaglio wines with the Maserati label are a speciality that can be tasted during exclusive Maserati brand events, or by seeking it out in fashion shops, concept stores, wine sellers and wine bars in Italy and worldwide, or by paying a visit to the cellars in Nizza Monferrato (Asti). There are various specialist sites for purchasing Barolo that can easily be found on the internet.
Unquestionably one of the most compelling and dramatic Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, it continues to go from strength to strength.
"I have had this wine in tastings with 1985 and 1986 Bordeaux first-growths and top 1985 California Cabernets. In each tasting the 1985 Sassicaia has not only been my favourite, but the first choice of the majority of the tasters. Unquestionably one of the most compelling and dramatic Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, it continues to go from strength to strength. The colour remains an opaque black/purple, and the huge nose of minerals, liquorice, blackcurrants, and smoky oak is persistent and intense. With extraordinary richness, full body, unbelievable concentration, and a moderately tannic, opulent finish, this thrilling wine remains young and largely unevolved. It has at least 20-25 years of longevity. " - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.