Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 1998

Rosso di Toscana, Tuscany, Italy

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 1998

Rosso di Toscana, Tuscany, Italy



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 20% Wine Style: Bordeaux Inspired Reds Winemaker: Giacomo Tachis Optimum Drinking: 2018-2023 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 100183 Alcohol: 13%
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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 is drinking beautifully.

Sassicaia is one of the finest of all Super Tuscans, respected the world over. Tenuta San Guido, situated on Tuscany’s western coast, is under the holdings of the prestigious Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta.

The Marchese took the pioneering move of introducing non-native varieties into Tuscany’s Sangiovese-dominated vineyards in the 1940s, and in doing so shaped a whole new generation of wines known as the Super-Tuscans – thus revolutionising Italy’s image in the wine world.

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"Bolgheri was one of the sun-kissed areas that showed beautifully in 1998. Vines had ample underground reserves to brave the summer heat and avoid water stress. In addition, the growing season was marked by gentle breezes from the sea called Lebeccio winds by locals. These soft currents carried saline and marine tones from far offshore. You can just make out that briny minerality on the bouquet. The nose also delivers buoyant tones of dark fruit, spice and deeply balsamic herbal qualities. As the wine takes on more air, it reveals earthy accents of dried tobacco leaf and leather. Pungent accents of toasted chestnut or toasted almond husk reveal slight oxidation, but otherwise this is a stellar wine that is well along its evolutionary track. The mouthfeel is silky and long with a very fine tannic texture." eRobertParker.com

“Our tasters are hooked on Sassicaia and for no other reason than that we are enchanted by Marchese Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta’s wine, to our mind the quintessence of typicity for the Bolgheri zone. Of course it’s made from Cabernet Sauvignon, which is not a native of Tuscany’s coast, as everyone knows. But it seems clear to us that the grape has established roots here.” Gambero Rosso, Italian Wines, 2004

Intense blackberry and cassis aromas, offset by notes of smoke and spice, are confirmed on a palate of lush concentration underscored by firm, ripe tannins carrying into a long, elegant finish.