2005 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia
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GRAPE VARIETIES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: A period of contact with the skins of approximately 15 days in temperature controlled steel vats with a combination of pumping over of the cap and 'delestage' AGING AND REFINEMENT The wine is aged in French oak barriques (one third new oak) for 24 months. The wine is refined for 6 months in bottles before release PRODUCTION: Approximately 180,000 bottles
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine AdvocateRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 07/08
International Wine CellarRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 16 notes)
Wine & SpiritsRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/09 The cabernet franc (15 percent) here seems to wrap the cassis and black cherry richness of cabernet sauvignon with the spiciness of fresh red peppercorns. Savory and bound for several hours, this becomes silky and elegant with air, the rich fruit supported by firm, earthy tannins. Deep and impressively structured, this is suited for a decade or more in the cellar.
SWA 93 WS 94 - Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate 93 Points The 2005 Sassicaia is another strong effort from Tenuta San Guido. Medium in body, it reveals an understated, delicate expression of smoke, herbs, tobacco and sweet dark fruit. The wine possesses compelling harmony and a gorgeous sense of inner perfume that flows from start to finish. This is an outstanding showing in a very challenging vintage. Sassicaia is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. Wine Spectator 94 Points Dark ruby in color, showing aromas of currant, new oak and fresh herbs, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with very chewy tannins and an outstanding concentration of fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Needs plenty of bottle age. Best after 2012. 20,000 cases made.-JS
Wine.comIn 1944, Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, the place of many stones. This and a slightly more elevated microclimate of 20 acres, called Aianova, were planted in phases between 1965 and 1985, bringing plantings to the present extent of 90 acres in vines averaging 20 to 25 years of age. Since the late 1960s, Sassicaia has represented a standard of production that is without compromise. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed, crushed and fermentation is set off by natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. For the first week, pumping over of the must takes place three times daily; during the second week, this is reduced to once daily until the end of the 14-day fermentation period. The wine is pressed from the skins and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place in 225-litre Allier and TronÃ§ais oak barriques, approximately 30 percent of which are new, for 18 to 22 months depending on vintage. Sassicaia is a unique interpretation of the Cabernet variety, a wine of great breadth, complexity and longevity. The intense blackberry and cassis aromas, offset by notes of smoke and spice, are confirmed on a palate of lush concentration underscored by firm, ripe tannins carrying into a long, elegant finish.
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