Barolos are among the world’s most rhapsodized wines, for their dreamy hues, intoxicating aromas, and often haunting flavors. Highly collectible – no wine improves with age like Barolo – yet also quite drinkable when young. In Tony Sasa’s Barolo, the intense bouquet is packed with earthy fruit and spice. Enveloping with flavors of plum, blackberry, licorice, and cherry and a lingering finish of violet and vanilla. Full bodied and robust with a lovely balance. Serve with Beef Stew, Mushroom Risotto, Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts
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Antonio Sasa is a man of the soil who, having been reared on the family farm, has become renowned as a globe-trotting epicurean and passionate advocate of fine Italian wine. Owner and curator of Florence’s excellent Enoteca Pontevecchio wine shop in the heart of Florence, Tony is a man bent on finding both the best-kept secrets in Italian wine and the up-and-coming stunners, for his shop and for export. He is considered to be the local expert in soil, climate, and vintages, and is now releasing his discoveries and blends under his own name.
Tony has toured, scoured, and explored Italy’s viticulture like few before him, and from his focused travels, has developed a profound understanding of the tradition and science that has given rise to the country’s ancient varietals and local styles of vinification. From the snow caped Alps of northern Piedmont to the hot arid air of Sicily, Tony has assumed the role of passionate advocate
With his wife Laura, Sasa maintains a widely esteemed wine shop in the heart of Tuscany. His connections and two decades in the business have put him in contact with thousands of producers. Over time he has established strong and lasting relationships with traditional Italian producers.
Throughout the years of carefully selecting fine wine for sale at his store, Tony wanted to create and bottle wine under his own name. In 1997, the Antonio Sasa project was born He and Laura leased a few acres in the southern part of Montalcino and in 2003 bottled their first vintage of “Martina” their award winning Brunello, named for their lovely daughter.
Tony has made lasting bonds with many winemakers throughout Italy and those winemakers have a respect for the palate and creative genius that Tony possesses. Out of mutual respect and shared winemaking principles, a select group of winemakers have allowed Tony to produce wines in their cellars. It is required by Italian wine law for many of the Prestigious wines Tony produces to be grown, fermented and aged in a specific area to be labeled as such.
Tony follows the winemaking process from vine to bottle and every minor detail between. He uses the talented support of the widely respected oenologist Paolo Caciorgna, who consults on Estates from Sicily to Piedmont. Caciorgna consults on over 35 properties and owns two small vineyards in Tuscany and Sicily. Tony and Paolo have a shared respect for the land and want the terroir to shine in the wines; thus, you will find minimal barrique usage as they are not designing a wine for an international customer but letting the varietal, soil and region speak for itself.
The Antonio Sasa project currently includes all the best wine growing regions in Italy; the Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany and includes some of the most prestigious wines in Italy of excellent quality and value; of course the Brunello di Montelcino, Barolo and Amarone. Spend just a few minutes with him and you will sense the energy, charisma and passion as he speaks of his wines and Italy.