Sassicaia - Tenuta San Guido

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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97 points - The Wine Advocate
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97 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
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97 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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93 points - The Wine Advocate
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90 points - The Wine Advocate
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87 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
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Sassicaia - Tenuta San Guido - 2019 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Sassicaia - Tenuta San Guido

96 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
97 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
87 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
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The Tenuta San Guido 2020 Bolgheri Sassicaia speaks to those who seek a more voluptuous, opulent and, ultimately, more accessible wine. This vintage is a precise reflection of Coastal Tuscany, as opposed to a more generic "Tuscan" wine from elsewhere in this large central Italian region. You taste the ripeness and soft fruit weight that comes from a coastal appellation with especially bright luminosity and warm Mediterranean offshore breezes. Sassicaia from the cool vintages is a famously reticent or withholding wine in its earliest years, requiring a long lead time before it eases into an ideal drinking window. That's definitely not the case here. This wine is beautiful and compelling straight out of the gate, showing a lovely mix of dark fruit, oak spice, balanced freshness, textural richness, soft tannins and an expertly contained 14% alcohol content. The wine's immediate character is what distinguishes this vintage, and I wouldn't get too fussed by exaggerated cellar-aging ambitions. The wine awards sheer pleasure in its current form, with dazzling primary fruit and soaring intensity over the near and medium term.
The Tenuta San Guido 2020 Bolgheri Sassicaia speaks to those who seek a more voluptuous, opulent and, ultimately, more accessible wine. This vintage is a precise reflection of Coastal Tuscany, as opposed to a more generic "Tuscan" wine from elsewhere in this large central Italian region. You taste the ripeness and soft fruit weight that comes from a coastal appellation with especially bright luminosity and warm Mediterranean offshore breezes. Sassicaia from the cool vintages is a famously reticent or withholding wine in its earliest years, requiring a long lead time before it eases into an ideal drinking window. That's definitely not the case here. This wine is beautiful and compelling straight out of the gate, showing a lovely mix of dark fruit, oak spice, balanced freshness, textural richness, soft tannins and an expertly contained 14% alcohol content. The wine's immediate character is what distinguishes this vintage, and I wouldn't get too fussed by exaggerated cellar-aging ambitions. The wine awards sheer pleasure in its current form, with dazzling primary fruit and soaring intensity over the near and medium term.
The latest release from Tenuta San Guido is the 2019 Bolgheri Sassicaia. The bouquet is up front and very expressive from the get-go. It offers a generous display of crunchy, dark cherry that hints at the extra concentration and fruit weight obtained in the 2019 growing season. This vintage will be remembered for the crisp richness of the fruit and its important textural imprint. It also shows fine elegance, bordering on the ethereal, with berry aromas, tarry earth and brushes of balsam herb or grilled rosemary. Sassicaia always shows an almost-glossy finely knit quality to the polished mouthfeel, and I find it again here next to fresh acidity and firm tannins. Mouthfeel in 2019 is the wine's strongest suit. The 2019 is one of the prettiest and most balanced editions of Sassicaia we've seen this past decade, along with the back-to-back duo of 2016 and 2015. The 2019 marries the precision of the 2016 with the rich fruit weight of the 2015.
The growing season started off cool and wet but turned to warm and dry conditions comfortably before the harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc in a supporting role deliver a graceful mid-weight texture that holds back style-wise in terms of phenolic density. The wine's careful balance is achieved thanks to the nuanced character of the fruit, the present acidity, the well-managed structure, and the contained alcohol. The palate is lifted and bright, the finish is polished and long, and the wine skips over any heaviness on the mid-palate. The bouquet is especially intriguing with a very lively plummy fruit element that is enhanced by baker's chocolate, pepper spice, iron ore, caramel, and pie crust. There is also a green character that adds positively to the bouquet with aniseed, tea leaf, soya, menthol rub and black olive. The fruit maturity is spot-on with no elements that feel over or underripe. Overall, the 2018 Sassicaia weighs in with a svelte frame and long persistence. Moreover, it is distinguished by the archetypal elegance and pedigree of the classic vintages of the past.
The 2017 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a fascinating wine that symbolizes a never-ending tug-of-war between vintner and vintage. The question is who comes out on top? In this case, my money is on the vintner. This Sassicaia represents 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, with most of the fruit coming from the Tenuta's historic vineyards Castiglioncello, Quercione and Doccino. These plots are all located on the back hill of Bolgheri at slightly higher elevations where they enjoy cooler night-time temperatures. Old vines also have a deeper root system that is key to braving dry and hot summers. You can absolutely taste those choices here thanks to the wine's aromatic profile that offers more variety-driven green highlights of wild berry, forest floor and bramble than I would have expected. With time, as the wine takes on more air in the glass, you get a hint of summer plum or cherry cough drop, and this, to my surprise, is the only subtle reminder of the hot vintage encountered. I found the aromas here to be authentically "Tuscan" in character, more so than other vintages, with balsamic and Mediterranean elements that borrow directly from the Sangiovese playbook.
The 2016 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. There was a bit more rain in 2016, and in analytical terms, this vintage has a tad more acidity. However, the results in the glass are extraordinarily different. The 2015 vintage is exuberant, round, succulent, and immediate, whereas the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision (with similar grit and texture at the back). That acidity will carry it long into the future as the wine completes its slow evolutionary course. This wine is chiselled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb, and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine's tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavours. To my mind, the 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage that set the ultimate benchmark for vino Italiano.
The long-awaited 2015 Bolgheri Sassicaia represents a tremendous effort that comes together with seamless precision and focus. This is a confident and proud red wine from Tuscany. Starting with the primary material at hand, you sense the quality of fruit thanks to the wine's beautifully dark appearance and the rich texture it offers to the palate. The acidity is integrated, but more freshness still would have been welcomed in my view (and would also contribute to its longevity). The bouquet is amplified both in terms of volume and length. Its playlist includes dark berry fruit, spice, leather, liquorice and roasted coffee bean. Yet, the mouthfeel is extremely graceful and silky. The wine's undisputed pedigree is showcased on the palate. It should also be noted that this edition of Sassicaia feels more ready and open to me. It will age and evolve beautifully, but the 2015 Sassicaia can also be enjoyed in the medium-term. This wine is all about the here and now.
The nose is evocative of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar, and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favour.
I had reviewed this wine just a few months prior and my impression has remained pretty much the same. One difference I did notice at this more recent tasting of the 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the bouquet. It has shifted to slightly more delicate and finessed aromas of pressed flower and blue violets. You do of course get that solid core of dark fruit and spice that characterizes this famous Tuscan blend. But that extra time in the bottle has awarded wiggle room for profound precision and focused detailing. The wine's complexity emerges slowly with subtle notes of savoury spice and tobacco. There is power and depth here, especially in terms of the mouthfeel. As the wine evolves in the glass, it begins to show ethereal tones of road paving, tar, and liquorice. This Sassicaia should go straight into the cellar.
I had reviewed this wine just a few months prior and my impression has remained pretty much the same. One difference I did notice at this more recent tasting of the 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the bouquet. It has shifted to slightly more delicate and finessed aromas of pressed flower and blue violets. You do of course get that solid core of dark fruit and spice that characterizes this famous Tuscan blend. But that extra time in the bottle has awarded wiggle room for profound precision and focused detailing. The wine's complexity emerges slowly with subtle notes of savoury spice and tobacco. There is power and depth here, especially in terms of the mouthfeel. As the wine evolves in the glass, it begins to show ethereal tones of road paving, tar, and liquorice. This Sassicaia should go straight into the cellar.
From an early-ripening vintage, the 2012 Bolgheri Sassicaia shows bold lines and thick colour concentration. It does exhibit a classic Sassicaia bouquet, but it does so minus that delicate floral embroidery that comes forth with such delight in 2013. This wine shows a harder, more determined edge. It is less remarkable overall, considering the amazing heights achieved in other vintages. It also reveals thin to medium texture. This Sassicaia roars in terms of bouquet but offers more of a whimper in terms of mouthfeel. All the elements are there, but they are delivered in a more undertone and one-dimensional manner. It will probably flesh out further with more bottle age, but that leanness is just part of the 2012 vintage.
The 2011 Bolgheri Sassicaia speaks to a broad, yet very distinct audience. I am absolutely charmed by this vintage. Soft cherry and blackberry confit emerge from the bouquet in thick, luscious waves. Leather, spice, and tar play supporting roles. The wine offers a generous and expansive style. It also shows impressive balance and coherent inner integrity. This vintage certainly bears the hallmarks of a hot vintage, but it never feels overdone. It delivers volume, intensity and rich texture. This Sassicaia is a wine of enormous craftsmanship.
I am perplexed by how the 2010 Bolgheri Sassicaia is performing at this moment. The wine has evolved quickly since the last time I tasted it a mere three years ago. At that time, I gave it 96 points and praised its extreme purity and pedigree. No doubt the wine still offers those qualities, but it also shows quickly developing notes of prune, jammy fruit and cherry liqueur that have abruptly moved to the front. It has consequently shifted the wine's centre of gravity in terms of its delicate equilibrium and balance. In fact, it's almost too much of a good thing. The mouthfeel is chewy and succulent, and the bouquet is broad and flat. Now that the 2010 Bolgheri Sassicaia has completed this initial phase of its evolution, it seems stuck in a proverbial soft spot. I have shortened its suggested drinking window. There is a pungent point of volatility that is contributing to the wine’s quick decline.
The 2009 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the richest and darkest edition in recent memory. This super-charged Sassicaia boasts enormous power and concentration thanks to its impressive phenolic foundation. Black currant and blackberry confit are followed by spice, leather, tar, road paving and black truffle. It shows preliminary tertiary signs with liquorice and crushed mineral. The wine wraps thickly over the palate delivering tight textural firmness and integrated structure. You taste the sweetness of the fruit and the depth of the oak tannins. No matter how you approach it, this wine scores very high on the intensity meter. For the record: Tenuta San Guido General Manager Carlo Paoli expressed concern about the integrity of his sample, but I remained extremely pleased by the gorgeous wine before me.

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

Here's a wine of power, determination and confidence—as far as first impressions go. The 2007 Bolgheri Sassicaia leaves little hidden behind the curtain. It presents a frank and straightforward array of bold fruit, spice, leather and tobacco-like aromas that emerge from the bouquet with energy and force. The aromas are complete and genuine. The palate, however, offers more space for interpretation and review. It is finessed and nuanced, thus requiring more time to fully comprehend and appreciate. Silky tannins are followed by fine textural smoothness and a long finish. The outgoing nature of the aromas make for a fascinating contrast against the inward and reticent nature of the mouthfeel.
Here's a wine of power, determination, and confidence -as far as first impressions go. The 2007 Bolgheri Sassicaia leaves little hidden behind the curtain. It presents a frank and straightforward array of bold fruit, spice, leather, and tobacco-like aromas that emerge from the bouquet with energy and force. The aromas are complete and genuine. The palate, however, offers more space for interpretation and review. It is finessed and nuanced, thus requiring more time to fully comprehend and appreciate. Silky tannins are followed by fine textural smoothness and a long finish. The outgoing nature of the aromas make for a fascinating contrast against the inward and reticent nature of the mouthfeel.
The Tenuta San Guido 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a timeless classic. This might just be the vintage to photograph in an encyclopedia entry for Sassicaia. This is especially true at this exact moment in its long and promising drinking window. The wine shows less volume compared to some of the more opulent vintages, but it absolutely excels in terms of length and finish. It offers amazing drive and momentum that are fueled by the extremely fine nature of the wine's texture and the seamless unity of its flavors. It treads in light and delicate footsteps that will carry it far into the future. As they say in Italian: "Piano piano si va lontano" (slowly slowly you go far).

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

The 2005 Bolgheri Sassicaia is more of an extrovert and a fast-burner. It is a reflection of a warm vintage and a more pronounced stylistic signature in terms of its winemaking approach. The effect is very beautiful, indeed, with dried cherry, plum, spice, tobacco and grilled herb. Yet, the overall messaging is focused on power and volume. The background music is hard to hear. Despite its opulence, there's less dimension to behold. Brawn trumps finesse and dark fruit covers the ethereal aromas. It is well built, however, and should hold steady for the next ten years, if not more.
The 2005 Bolgheri Sassicaia is more of an extrovert and a fast burner. It reflects a warm vintage and a more pronounced stylistic signature in terms of its winemaking approach. The effect is very beautiful, indeed, with dried cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, and grilled herb. Yet, the overall messaging is focused on power and volume. The background music is hard to hear. Despite its opulence, there's less dimension to behold. Brawn trumps finesse and dark fruit covers the ethereal aromas. It is well built, however, and should hold steady for the next ten years, if not more.
This was an epic vintage in Tuscany, but our samples did not live up to that promise. The 2004 Bolgheri Sassicaia opened to ripe and slightly oxidized aromas of candied fruit, prune, apricot, dried tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. When I last tasted this wine, I noted its "retro" stylistic philosophy with a strong emphasis on richness and opulence. I wonder if that loud approach has contributed to the wine's diminished intensity today. Or perhaps our samples were not perfect? The bottom line is that this proved a well-integrated wine, but a bit flat and downtrodden as well.
This was an epic vintage in Tuscany, but our samples did not live up to that promise. The 2004 Bolgheri Sassicaia opened to ripe and slightly oxidized aromas of candied fruit, prune, apricot, dried tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. When I last tasted this wine, I noted its "retro" stylistic philosophy with a strong emphasis on richness and opulence. I wonder if that loud approach has contributed to the wine's diminished intensity today. Or perhaps our samples were not perfect? The bottom line is that this proved a well-integrated wine, but a bit flat and downtrodden as well.

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

The 2003 Bolgheri Sassicaia is full of unexpected twists and turns. Oddly enough, this vintage offered more overall freshness and balance than the much-celebrated 2004 edition. We all know that 2003 was a very difficult year with scorching hot temperatures that broke all records. Instead of jammy flavors or overt ripeness, this wine has embraced an all-balsam aromatic profile instead. The bouquet opens to dried cassis or red currant with eucalyptus, cola, grilled rosemary and medicinal herb. The tannins are silky and fully integrated within the wine's thick textural richness. There are areas that feel flat and sedate, but this is an impressive effort overall that shows impressive stability considering the challenges of the growing season.

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

Presumably, the wine was overlooked due to the infamy of this widely condemned vintage. However, all is not lost. The wine offers a rather subtle bouquet of dried fruit, autumnal leaf, forest floor, button mushroom, tar, and balsam herb. The effect is flat and one dimensional. And the finish lacks freshness and vigour. What's the upside you ask? The wine seems to have taken on a life of its own. At a plateau now, I don't think it will change much in the coming years. It's a weaker expression of Sassicaia for sure, but Sassicaia it is, nonetheless.
Compared to the 2002 vintage that seems serendipitously suspended in time, the 2001 Bolgheri Sassicaia is in a more significant downward decline. The 2002 vintage was widely panned. Back in the day, the 2001 vintage was given a full five stars for excellence. Despite the accolades, this wine does not have much life to give. The bouquet shows aromas of cured meat, petrol, smoke, dried herb, and dusty earth. The primary aromas have left the building. The mouthfeel is dry and quickly flat lining.
The 1999 Bolgheri Sassicaia steps forward with extra richness and darkness that sets a decisive tone. Compared to the neighbouring vintages, this wine shows more succulence and textural thickness that is immediately apparent. It also reveals some heaviness and flatness that remind you of its age and its ongoing evolution. The bouquet delivers tones of dark fruit, black olive, cured meat and smoked tobacco. Reading between the lines, you are playfully reminded of the wine's important legacy and its territory-specific identity. But this vintage is more simplistic than the others. If you have a bottle, I wouldn't wait too much longer, although for now this wine is holding strong.
The 1998 Bolgheri Sassicaia presents an interesting challenge and counter position. It feels like it is traveling at two speeds. On first nose, you are reminded of its age thanks to oxidized tones of dried spice, cumin, cured meat and bresaola. Despite the wine's clearly evolved state, it also bursts forth with an impressive charge of dark fruit integrity, fullness and freshness. Lingering mineral tones add polished elegance and a sense of delineated grace that is memorable and ultimately very beautiful. Those marine tones appear throughout the texture of this wine like a delicate embroidery. If the wine appears huddled and hunched down on first approach, you find that it suddenly stands tall and glorious after a few quick swirls of the glass.

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

Test Tenuta San Guido is a renowned Italian wine producer located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The estate is famous for producing some of the finest wines in Italy, including the iconic Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido dates back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a passionate wine lover, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his estate. He believed that the terroir of Bolgheri was ideal for growing this grape variety, which was not commonly grown in Italy at the time.

The first vintage of Sassicaia was produced in 1968, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wines in Italy. The wine was initially only produced for family and friends, but it soon became popular among wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Sassicaia is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are carefully selected from the estate's vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French oak barrels for up to two years. The wine has a deep ruby red color and a complex aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and rich, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish. Sassicaia is a wine that can be enjoyed young, but it also has the potential to age for decades.

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces several other wines, including Guidalberto and Le Difese. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, while Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Both wines are more approachable and affordable than Sassicaia but still offer the same level of quality and elegance.

Overall, Tenuta San Guido is a producer that is synonymous with quality and excellence. Its wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and they are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. 

Oddly enough, the 1985 Sassicaia was the wine least commented during the conversations that followed this retrospective. Our panel consisted of some two dozen professional wine tasters from around the world, and virtually not a word was uttered with regards to this wine. That's how truly outstanding it is. The soaring beauty of this landmark Sassicaia literally transcends the rather mundane realm of wine critique with its string of adjectives and wearisome descriptors. It hardly deserves to be treated like any of the other gorgeous wines we tasted on this glorious day. In truth, the 1985 Sassicaia does reveal a new perspective onto its perfection each time you have the fortune to taste it. I noticed a layer of bright almond-like sweetness that I don't recall tasting before. The wine seems to be getting younger, not older. Even its appearance is remarkable. Of the various samples presented from the 1980s, this wine exhibited the brightest garnet colour and the most youthful personality. It shows stunning volume. The integration is seamless, and the wine's many complicated pieces fit together with utmost precision like a jigsaw puzzle that renders a most beautiful Italian masterpiece when admired at completion.
Type:
Red
Country:
Italy
Region:
Tuscany
Appellation:
Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC
Producer:
Tenuta San Guido
Grapes/Blend:
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing Sugesstions:
Lamb, Beef, Venison, Game Birds, Mushrooms, Charcuterie and Cured Meats

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