Produced by Tenuta San Guido, a revered name in Italian winemaking, Sassicaia represents the epitome of Super Tuscan wines. With a legacy spanning several generations, the winery’s commitment to excellence and their meticulous attention to detail have garnered international acclaim.
THE BIRTH OF SASSICAIA
Tenuta San Guido is the outcome of a very old tradition and an ethical message that has been passed down through generations.
The choice to create Sassicaia was not a mere coincidence but a thoughtful decision rooted in the experiences and observations of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the founder of Tenuta San Guido. Born into a noble family, Mario was fortunate to be immersed in an environment where Bordeaux wines were readily accessible. Additionally, he had the opportunity to spend time at the esteemed Château Mouton Rothschild, where he gleaned insights into the finest winemaking techniques from one of Bordeaux’s top producers.
During his exploration of the Bolgheri region, Mario discerned intriguing similarities between the gravelly soils of Bordeaux’s Graves region and the hills surrounding his estate in Bolgheri. This distinctive characteristic became the inspiration behind the wine’s name, Sassicaia, as “sasso” translates to “stone” in Italian. It is a fitting tribute to the unique terroir that contributes to the wine’s exceptional quality and character.
The 2016 vintage was exceptional, characterised by warm and dry autumn weather with occasional downpours. Winter brought cold temperatures that persisted until January, followed by a wetter February, ensuring sufficient water reserves for the upcoming summer. April saw a sharp rise in temperatures, leading to early vine budding, and the arrival of summer in late June brought beautiful sunny days and moderate temperatures. Night showers in August provided coolness and washed the grapes, while sea-influenced breezes enhanced aromas. The gradual ripening of the grapes, without excessive sugar, allowed for an optimal harvest lasting until early October.
The grapes are exclusively hand-picked and sorted, ensuring only the finest fruit is selected. They undergo a gentle destemming and pressing before spontaneous fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The malolactic fermentation occurs naturally, without any intervention. Subsequently, the wine is aged for approximately 20 to 25 months in French oak barriques, with a smaller proportion aged in American oak. The precise duration of the ageing period is determined based on the unique characteristics and seasonal tendencies of the vintage
IN THE GLASS
Radiating a deep garnet hue, Sassicaia 2016 unveils an enticing bouquet of ripe blackberries, currants, and nuances of cedar and tobacco. On the palate, the wine unfolds in layers, revealing flavors of black cherries, plums, and dark chocolate, harmoniously interwoven with hints of spices and a touch of earthiness. Silky smooth tannins provide a refined texture, while the wine’s vibrant acidity lends freshness and balance. The finish is exceptionally long, leaving a lingering impression of finesse and grace.
Decant before drinking. Will continue to improve in bottle for 20+ years.
Robert Parker – 100 points
Wine Spectator – 97 points
James Suckling – 97 points
Wine Enthusiast – 98 points