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Sassicaia means “the place of many stones,” and refers to the regionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s gravel soil. The original vineyards have a southwest exposure with extensive sun and maritime breezes that create robust vegetation. Grapes are handpicked, destemmed and crushed before fermenting with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in French oak barriques, then refined in bottle before release. SassicaiaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s success prompted the Italian government to grant the wine its own appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC, beginning with the 1994 vintage.
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