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1996 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia

  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Regional Blend

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SKU: 58660-1996

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  • Rating: 17

    Again very little sign of ageing in the colour. Distinctive slightly medicinal nose. Herbal but also dark cherries and olives and elegant on the nose. Dry tannins perhaps just starting to take the upper hand. But there's also dark cherry fruit on the palate and a fresh, surprisingly fluid finish with that fresh acidity even with the dryness of the tannins in the mid palate. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    Fresh, moderately deep ruby-red. Spicy, lively aromas of cinnamon and vanilla. Round in flavor and rather elegantly styled, but doesn't offer the weight or impact of a major wine.
    Author: Daniel Thomases
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Here's a little gem from Tenuta San Guido that has never been reviewed in Robert Parker Wine Advocate (except informally by me one year ago in a Hedonist's Gazette). I have consistently found the 1996 Bolgheri Sassicaia to be an impressive wine on the few occasions I have had to taste it. This is one of those rare underrated vintages that bring so much delight and surprise in an important retrospective such as this. As I recall from my informal tasting, this Sassicaia shows a heavy dose of Cabernet Sauvignon typicity but without the astringent medicinal tone or unripe greenness you might expect. Instead, it delivers a bright but balanced, tonic verve that is driven by the wine's natural acidity. I had previously paired this wine with an oversized bistecca alla fiorentina t-bone steak and the marriage was perfect. This was a difficult vintage in Bolgheri, but the results in the bottle suggest otherwise.
    Author: Monica Larner
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A well-structured Sass, with plenty of blackberry and dried herb character. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe tannins and a currant bush and herb finish. Give it time to develop.
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Cherry color, very light smoke smell, with pepper and spice. The taste was well balanced and smooth. Not a heavy wine, but light. Nice currant and mild berry flavors.
    Drink Dates: 2010
    Author: Brian O239
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Excellent fruit but a bit flabby. Only a hint of tannin left with a weak finish. Should have drank last year, maybe.
    Author: C6
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Surprisingly average and far from a typical Sassicaia
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Tasting alot of tannis still present, suggesting it could probably sit for another 2 to 3 years before plateau. The aroma almost makes up for it, with strong tastes of mocha or dark chocolate and deep current hints that deliver a mature fruit taste and presents a long finish that lasts almost an hour.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2012
    Author: Alexander M
Just south of Livorno, Tuscany, lies the Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC, and the Tenuta San Guido estate, where Sassicia is produced. The estate was originally owned by Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta, and has been managed since WWII by his son, Niccolo. A true pioneer in the Italian wine industry, his experimenting with the introduction of non-native varieties to Italy, resulted in the world-famous Sassicaia. In Italian, Sassicaia means "the place of many stones" and is used as the proprietary name for the estate's Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The vines of the Sassicaia vineyard were originally planted with cuttings from the prestigious Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. The wines of Sassicaia were so instrumental in creating the "Super-Tuscan" sensation that 1994, the Italian government granted Sassicaia its own DOC status in a sub-zone of the Bolgheri DOC. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, and the wines are then aged in French oak barrique for 18 to 24 months prior to release. Sassicaia produces a second label called Guidalberto and recently released a third wine, Le Difese, that is virtually unavailable in the U.S.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 553 bottles owned
  • 108 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 108 collectors)