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129 Ratings
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri

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TuscanyItaly

Wine Description

(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:

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    Tasted by gsj34 on 2/4/2012 & rated 98 points: Drank this at Post Hotel in Lake Louise, AB for S/Es 40th birthday. Decanted for 45 minutes, could have used quite a bit more but did open up nicely and continue to evolve after an hour. Dark ruby. Nose of dark fruit, cigar box, violets, menthol, spice. Very balanced, great mouthfeel with good medium acidity and medium plus tannins that have really started to integrate, particularly after some time in the decanter. Flavour profile matches the nose, with sour dark cherry, currents, blackberry, plums, menthol, cedar, cigar box and some vegetation. It really does have it all going on. Also, the finish seems to go on forever. My SE could not believe how long the flavours remained. My overall comment at the time that it was the perfect glass of wine... Simply outstanding. (1059 views)

    almost 3 years
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    tasted in 2006. black fruit, quite smooth and balanced tanning, medium to full body, long after taste, chocolate favor

    almost 7 years
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    JW

    11 out of 10.

    over 7 years
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
  • Wine Advocate
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Antonio Galloni
    (2008 Vintage) "The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be treated to a sublime wine once this settles down in bottle. Muscular, firm tannins frame the exquisite finish in this dark, implosive Sassicaia. The 2008 S...