Producer: Tenuta San Guido

Grape: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc

Pronunciation: "kah/behr/neh soh/vee/nyon", "kah/behr/neh frah"

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Zone: Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC

Producer Info:

Tenuta San Guido is considered the seminal Super Tuscan producer and one of the most renowned domains in Italy. The legend began when Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, an aristocrat from Piedmont, married Clarice della Gherardesca, heir to a property of several thousand hectares in the region of Maremma. In 1944, Mario broke with the local tradition of using Sangiovese and Nebbiolo by planting Bordeaux grape varieties (Cabernet sauvignon and Cabernet franc) on the gravelly soil similar to that of the Médoc, with cuttings from Château Lafite. 

Tasting note: An impressively balanced wine impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, textured finish.  

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Rocky alluvial with volcanic subsoil

Production: The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed before fermentation with natural yeasts for 15 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French barriques for 24 months before bottling, it was then left to mature in bottle for an additional 6 months before release.

Ageing: Up to 20 years 

Alcohol (%) 14%

Wine Review:

The 2017 Sassicaia is a wild, exotic beauty. Sumptuous and flamboyantly ripe, the 2017 captures all the personality of the year in spades. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate and spice notes all flesh out in this curvy, racy beauty from Tenuta San Guido.

94 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate