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142 Ratings
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri

Wine Details

Region

TuscanyItaly

Wine Description

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...

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    (1995 Vintage) If this weren't a wine with a long track record for excellence, I wouldn't even list it, let alone write a detailed tasting note. But something is amiss. I tasted this wine from three different bottles, on two different days at VinItaly at the stand of the producer Italian distributor, Meregalli. All were from the same lot . Medium ruby-garnet, not the usual violet or purple of a young Sassicaia . Richly oaky aroma, but showing very little fruit: just a hint of cassis. Medium body. Rather light, ...
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar Deep ruby. Absolutely ethereal nose offers intense yet refined aromas of ripe red cherry, smoke, leather and black truffle, with a pretty mineral element nuance and clarity. Velvety-smooth, ripe and rich on entry, then awash with mid-palate flavors of red cherry, smoky red plum, cassis, spices, bay leaf, roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate. Bright acids and silky-smooth tannins give this extraordinary wine extra lif...
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/08
  • Antonio Galloni
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 171
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 171 on Jun-07