Michele Satta 2005 Cavaliere (Super Tuscan)
A voluptuous Sangiovese with a slight salinity that veers to black olive but pulls back into a beautiful layered expression of chocolate. A glass-staining beauty with plump blackberry and kirsch notes, and just a whiff of Cuban tobacco in the mid palate. One of the best Super Tuscans of the vintage.
Michele Satta’s vineyards are located in Castagneto, just south of the Tuscan town of Montepulciano. The wines are fermented in open oak barrels. Maceration of the fruit continues in the barrels for another twenty days, with the cap of the wine pushed down by hand several times a day. The end result is worth the effort. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave this 92. Our original rating was a 91-93, but this wine has surpassed our expectations: it has aged wonderfully. We are increasing our rating to 94-95 (which translates to 5 stars at Epikur).
This term was coined in Italy in the 1980s for the Cabernet-boosted vini da tavola blends that were infinitely better and far more expensive than Tuscany’s traditional Sangiovese based wines.