Sapaio 2016 – (Magnum in Wooden Box)

Sapaio 2016 – (Magnum in Wooden Box)

96/100 Points by James Suckling
4.3/5 Vivino Rating

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.5% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2016
Format: 150cl (Magnum in wooden box)
Classification: IGT Toscana
Region: Toscana
Country: Italy





Sapaio, is the winery’s flagship label, born as a Bolgheri DOC Superiore and became Toscana IGT as of the harvest of 2015. A conscious choice made to fairly value the wine and the land that bears it; freeing it from the confines of specific designation and allowing greater freedom and harmony with the territory. This 2016 vintage is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot & 10% Cabernet Franc.

It’s so vivid and polished on the nose, showing blackcurrant, blueberry and lavender aromas that follow through to a full body, firm and very silky tannins and a long and flavourful finish. A well-balanced, fragrant and absolutely seamless wine that although it will get better with age, is already gorgeous to taste.


Tuscany is one of Italy’s most famous and prestigious wine regions, renowned for producing high-quality wines that have garnered international acclaim. The region is located in central Italy and is known for its diverse terroir, grape varieties, and historic winemaking traditions.

 The region extends from the Apennine Mountains in the east to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, which influences its climate and grape-growing conditions. Tuscany enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. This climate is well-suited for grape cultivation and ripening. Coastal areas benefit from sea breezes that help moderate temperatures.


The Bolgheri DOC is a prestigious wine appellation located in the coastal region of Maremma in Tuscany, Italy. It is renowned for producing some of Italy’s most esteemed and sought-after red wines, particularly those made from Bordeaux grape varieties.

The region first gained international recognition in the 1970s when some winemakers started producing high-quality Bordeaux-style wines. Prior to this, Bolgheri was not well-known for winemaking, but these pioneering efforts changed the perception of the region.


Manual harvest and grape selection are followed by a long maceration and then fermentation in controlled temperature stainless steel tanks. The wine ages in French oak barriques for 18 months. Followed by 12 months of bottle refinement prior release.

Ideal serving temperature –  16°C.