The elegance and finess of a great Sassicaia
Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido is a Cabernet Sauvignon wine that has become a legend in the Tuscan region of Italy and in the appellation of Bolgheri, which was created in 1983 and became the Mecca of the "Supers Toscans" revolution in the 1970's.
It was in 1944 that the first bottle of Sassicaia ("place of stones" in Italian) was born, the result of the hard work of the visionary Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, founder of a vineyard between Grosseto and Livorno. The gravel soils, very similar to those of Bordeaux’s Médoc region gave Marquis the idea to break away from the traditional grape variety of the region and plant varieties of the Bordeaux blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot).
The Sassicaia 2014 of Tenuta San Guido is an example of what an exceptional wine can accomplish even in a vintage considered quite complicated, marked by a cold and rainy climate. The wine sports a beautiful pale ruby red colour with garnet reflections. Delicate, chiseled, precise and straight, the nose develops an aromatic palette full of fresh red berries (cherry), punctuated with notes of cinnamon and mint. On the palate, it is a superb, vibrant wine, with notes of strawberry and fine, elegant tannins. A great wine from a singular vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor.