Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Tuscany
226 Ratings
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226 Ratings
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Tuscany

Wine Details

Region

ItalyTuscany

Wine Description

(From 2011 Vintage) Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length.

Winemaker's Notes

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...

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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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1985 Vintage) Rating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/96
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1985 Vintage) Rating: 100/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # E2002 on Dec-92
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From «nv» Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From «nv» Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 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.