Vertical Tasting

Sassicaia Vertical: 40 Years of Tenuta San Guido’s Italian Wine Icon, 1978-2019

One of the world’s most famous wines, Sassicaia is a Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend that single-handedly put Bolgheri on the international quality wine map. Over the years, Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata has tasted every vintage of Sassicaia made numerous times and has written up many Sassicaia verticals for various wine magazines; but it’s time for an update on just how the wines are doing. The past eight months saw Ian retaste over forty vintages of Sassicaia in four separate wine tastings detailed in this tasting report.
by Ian D’Agata

Vertical Report: The Pala Bovale Isola Dei Nuraghi Essentija 2005-2019 Proves Its Ageworthiness

Ever heard of Bovale Grande? Ever tried any of its wines? Well, let the TerroirSense Wine Review come to your rescue with Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata always more than ready and willing to tell everyone about native Italian grapes and their wines in general, and this little-known grape variety and its ageworthy, structured red wines in particular. This vertical of one of Sardinia’s top red wines, the Essentija by Pala, takes us through the what is an historic grapevine of the central-south part of Sardinia and one that has still untapped potential relative to fine wines. And there’s no better place to start learning than with Pala, one of Sardinia’s best wine estates.
by Ian D’Agata

Le Vigne di Eli Vertical Tasting Report: Ten Years of Etna Rosso Pignatuni and Moganazzi – Voltasciara 2008-2018

Etna wines could not be anymore hot these days, but not much is known, and even less is written about, most of the specific contrade (crus) that are the source of the volcano’s best wines. In this report, Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata discusses the Pignatuni and Moganazzi-Volta Sciara contrade and the excellent Etna Rosso wines made there by the Le Vigne di Eli estate in these firs ever vertical reports of these wines.
by Ian D’Agata

Vertical: Mure Alsace Sylvaner Cuvee Oscar 1975-2019

In this vertical report, Ian D’Agata details Muré’s iconic Sylvaner Cuvée Oscar, one of Alsace’s best wines and a truly shining example of what the underrated Sylvaner grape is capable of when the product of old vines and the right terroirs.
by Ian D’Agata

Dirler-Cade Riesling Grand Cru Saering vertical 1990-2019

Through Alsace’s outstanding grand crus and grape varieties, Ian looks at the Saering Grand Cru once again. But this time around it’s Riesling’s turn, after first having taken a look at how Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d’Alsace express that specific grand cru’s terroir.
by Ian D’Agata