The Sassicaia estate at Bolgheri, in coastal Tuscany, came to Nicolò through his mother, Clarice Della Gheradesca, whose family has owned land here since 1800. The Incisa Della Rocchetta family launched Sassicaia onto the open market with the 1968 vintage: the first to be commercially produced; and it was as well received as the Premiers Crus of Bordeaux.
It was after completing his studies in Geneva that Nicolò became involved in the estate. Initially he was not permitted by his father to have anything to do with the wine because Mario feared that he would spoil things. A fascinating but domineering man, Mario must initially have been a difficult man to follow; but the worldwide recognition enjoyed by Sassicaia today speaks eloquently of Nicolò's success.
His Sassicaia has an intense, concentrated and deep ruby colour. The elegant aroma is complex with notes of red fruits. The flavour is powerful and has great depth, with sweet and balanced tannins. In the mouth it is rich and dense, yet harmonious and elegant. This wine has a decisively long finish and extraordinary depth."