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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Tuscany
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Wine Details

Region

Italy

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) In the 1920s the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta dreamt of creating a ‘thoroughbred’ wine and for him, as for all the aristocracy of the time, the ideal was Bordeaux. This is how he described it in a letter to the esteemed wine critic, Luigi Veronelli dated 11 June 1974:

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2012 Vintage) The legacy of Sassicaia begins in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and 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 Tronçais oak barriques, approximately 30 percent of which are new, for 18 to 22 months depending on vintage.

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    Tasted by Opusone99 on 9/8/2011 & rated 95 points: Robe rubis foncé légèrement évoluée. Le nez est très ouvert sur les petits fruits rouges, notes de cuir, boîte à tabac et sur les épices fins. En bouche, le vin est d'un équilibre sans faille, bien droit et très expressif. Le vin est assez dense, les saveurs persistent et la finale est grandiose. Également, les tannins ne sont pas encore totalement fondus et j'aurais aucune crainte à garder ce bijoux encore plusieurs années si j'avais la chance d'en avoir une bouteille en cave. Vin immense! (2296 views)

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    about 3 years
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  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 130
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 130 on Aug-00
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/00