Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Doc 2018 Sassicaia
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Sassicaia is the most renowned of the Super-Tuscan wines. The 100ha of vineyard at Tenuta San Guido make up just a fraction of the 2,500ha estate, more than half of which is wild woodland. The first vineyard, one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon, was planted by Rocchetta’s Bordeaux-loving grandfather Mario Incisa in 1942 just under the great medieval fortress of Castiglioncello. The early vintages were too robust for Tuscans used to their native Sangiovese, so until 1967 they were drunk only within the family. The wine’s subsequent history is the stuff of legend – how in the early 1970s the Marchese’s cousin Piero Antinori and his consultant Giacomo Tachis gave the wines polish and found them an international market. The 1985 was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker, and Sassicaia is now considered one of the world’s greatest Cabernet blends, adored for its freshness and longevity.
This is a classic vintage of an Italian icon now celebrating its 50th vintage. This vintage is crystalline and pure in its delivery, and if you are familiar with previous editions, it is impossible to mistake this wine for anything but Sassicaia. The wine's careful balance is achieved thanks to the nuanced character of the fruit, the present acidity, the well-managed structure and the contained alcohol. The palate is lifted and bright, the finish is polished and long, and the wine skips over any heaviness on the mid-palate. The bouquet is especially intriguing with a very lively plummy fruit element that is enhanced by baker's chocolate, pepper spice, iron ore, caramel and pie crust. There is also a green character that adds positively to the bouquet with aniseed, tea leaf, soya, menthol rub and black olive. The fruit maturity is spot-on with no elements that feel over or underripe. Overall, the 2018 Sassicaia weighs in with a svelte frame and long persistence.
Refined and complex, this red is all about finesse and restraint, starting out with floral and black currant flavors that build steadily on the palate, with olive, cedar, tobacco and spice notes adding detail as this lingers on the terrific finish. Needs five to seven years to fully emerge. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
The 2018 Sassicaia is fabulous. Bright and beautifully poised, the 2018 opens with brilliant aromatics that make a strong first impression. Delicate and light on its feet, the 2018 is a regal wine that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. Sassicaia is the most finessed of Bolgheri’s top wines. That is very much the case in 2018 as well. I loved it.
Beautiful, serene aromas of sweet berries and wild flowers with light lavender and fresh sage. Really aromatic. A firm, silky red with medium to full body and ultra fine tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blue fruit and blackberries follow through to a beautiful finish. Really tight and polished. Bright acidity. Will be lovely to drink in a few years. The 2017 and 2016 were about power, but the 2018 is about finesse and subtlety. Try after 2024.