“Sassicaia” Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC 2018

    Tenuta San Guido | Tuscany
    Tenuta San Guido CITAI S.P.A. | Loc. le Capanne 27 | IT 57022 Bolgheri

    "Sassicaia" Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC 2018

    In its 50th vintage, Sassicaia could hardly be more typical or distinctive. After a rather mixed spring, the weather then became so warm and dry that the Cabernet grapes were finally able to ripen optimally, making this flagship Bolgheri unmistakable in a remarkably pure and personality-strong appearance. Thus, the 2018 edition became a model of balance and finesse, gliding down the palate almost weightlessly and in a precisely proportioned frame.

    Fascinating bouquet of cherries, flowers, some chocolate, wild herbs and plums. The overall package of this wine is equal to its jubilee, Sassicaia 2018, besides its undisputed class for decades, once again impressively represents its origin and rightly confirms that a separate DOC was even created for this wine icon. SUPERIORE.DE

    "Rich ruby red with a dark centre and a delicate watery edge. Wonderfully subtle, deep Cabernet-dominated bouquet with earthy and spicy mineral terroir notes, plus a noble cassis liquorice note. Reminiscent of a noble Pauillac. Fine and distinguished, almost with cool noblesse. Clear, still much too young, but already very recognisable in the aromas. In the mouth, clearly focussing on the earthy spiciness, very aristocratic and well-defined down to the last pore, which underlines its elegant crescendo in the dancing final." Weinwisser

    "Shiny, rich ruby-violet. In the nose very crisp and clear fruit, precise, lots of cassis, blackberry and some leather. Also on the palate lots of juicy fruit, amazing freshness, dark currant, shows great tension, grippy tannin, fine mint on the final, a long runner with potential for many years." Falstaff

    "Mid ruby. Initially quite scented, then strangely closed a little in the glass. Subtle tones of cedar, vanilla and dried tobacco, with precision of fresh blackcurrant and a hint of black cherry. There's an underlying graphite and stone/mineral complexity too. Juicy palate - certainly good acidity here - and a comparatively moderate tannic load, both of which work in harmony to structure the wine. The tannins are fine grained, without the somewhat pinched texture I saw in the 2017 vintage, though will nevertheless benefit from a little cellaring to resolve to a silky finesse. At about three-quarter distance there's just a hint of wateriness, but then the delicate flavour does persist to a very good-length finish. This is certainly Sassicaia in the elegant and subtle mould v 2017's more powerful iteration. It would be interesting to evaluate these two side by side in a few years." Jancis Robinson

    "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." Wine Spectator

    "Star bright raspberry in colour, this has an elegance and a sense of lift right from the start - a beautifully balanced, finessed and classical Sassicaia. The freshly cut and dried herbs of great Italian wines reveals themselves through the slow build up across the palate, along with gentle tobacco and liquorice notes. This is juicy and elegant, showing passion fruit and raspberry with an undertow of complexity. One to savour." Decanter

    "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." James Suckling

    "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." Vinous

    "This is a classic vintage of an Italian icon now celebrating its 50th vintage. The Tenuta San Guido 2018 Bolgheri Sassicaia lays out a familiar blueprint that borrows from the proven track record of this landmark estate that extends into the hills just beyond the Tyrrhenian shores of Tuscany. 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 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. Moreover, it is distinguished by the archetypal elegance and pedigree of the classic vintages of the past. This new release gives you much pleasure to await." Robert Parker

    "All about radiance and finesse, this iconic Tuscan red has beguiling aromas of cedar, wild red berry, menthol and pipe tobacco that mingle with fragrant blue flowers. Made with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, the focused, elegantly structured palate is vibrant and savory, delivering cassis, orange zest, licorice and a hint of coffee framed in taut, polished tannins. Bright acidity keeps it energized and balanced." Wine Enthusiast

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    Ratings
    Product Details
    • Wine Classics: Supertuscan
    • Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
    • Cultivation: conventional
    • Expansion: 24 months 30/70 new/used barrique
    • Development: barrique
    • Filtration: no
    • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
    • Total Extract: 30,25 g/l
    • Total Acidity: 5,85 g/l
    • Residual Sugar: 0,28 g/l
    • Sulfite: 78 mg/l
    • ph-Value: 3,48
    • Closure: natural cork
    • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
    • Storage Potential: 2048+
    • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
    Character
    • Harmonious / soft and round
    • Wine for Meditation
    • Wine for Fireplace/Tobacco Lovers
    Fits to:
    • Dark Meat
    • Grilled of any Kind
    stored air-conditioned
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