Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018
Sassicaia 2017, the vintage that was released this time last year in the flesh, was a textbook example of how a great wine can still be made in a difficult vintage. Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018, on the other hand is how a masterpiece can be made.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. A medium ruby-red; the aromatics are beautiful and elegantly perfumed, a bit shy at so young an age but, with time in the glass, it slowly reveals red plum and blossom and a green tea leaf character with a subtle menthol lift; the palate is really something and true to the finest Sassicaia – the wine is fleet of foot and glides effortlessly across the palate, with such wonderful balance and precision.
Each drop contains a myriad of flavours of blue and black fruits, a touch of earth, touch of cream, the velvety ripe tannins helping to give the wine structure and stony intensity. Surprisingly approachable now this will probably be drinking well when the wine celebrates its centenary.
The 2018 spent 19 months in oak, two thirds new, which is a tad more than normal, although the oak is almost imperceptible. 250-270,000 bottles produced.
2018 was a fresh vintage with lots of rainfall and many days in August where the temperature dropped below average. The result was that the fruit had more hang-time with harvest taking place 7-10 days later than normal. In the Sassicaia 2018 this slow phenolic ripeness has resulted in greater complexity and brighter acidity than were evident in the 2017 and are hallmarks of a spectacular wine.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
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.
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. Drink through 2033
– 97 POINTS
Star bright raspberry in color, 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 savor.
– 96 POINTS
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. Best from 2025 through 2045.
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.