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1997 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 87 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
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SKU: 58660-1997-750-1A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    More saturated ruby. Rather similar in aromas (blackcurrant and oak spices) but a bit weightier and fuller on the nose. More concentrated than the 1996, with attractive oak notes to complement the cassis. Still, this doesn't show the depth or complexity one might expect from an outstanding vintage. Finishes with a slight bitterness. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)
    Author: Daniel Thomases
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Rating: 18

    Sweet. pointed. Round and mellow and quite evolved. Very charming but more relaxed, loose and French than the California style and sweetness of the Ornellaia. Very appetising. Light and very Cabernet.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    There are always surprises tasting wine ... good and bad ones. I had high hopes that 1997, a profound vintage, would produce the finest Sassicaia since the immortal 1985. A very good wine for sure, but much lighter and significantly less concentrated than anticipated, this dark ruby-colored Sassicaia exhibits moderate levels of ripeness, herbaceous black currant aromas and flavors, in addition to toasty new oak. Soft, with a surprisingly short, insubstantial finish, this wine looks to be on a rapid evolution track.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 93

    Medium-dark ruby in the glass, with pretty aromas of spices, black currant, cherries and blackberries, this Tuscan red is full-bodied on the palate, with intense velvety tannins. Long, long finish. An outstanding Sassicaia.
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Thor
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: zepierotti
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 94

    When first decanted was mean and disjointed but after 4 hrs opened up with very ripe,sweet fruit and commendable palate length.Still robust tannins suggest 5 to 10 more yrs till its peak.
    Author: MarcelB
  • Self | Rating: 97

    WOW! I could sit and smell this for hours and continue to drag new components from the bouquet. Plum, green pepper, wet earth, licorice. Dense tannin and an abundance of raspberry and plum on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Hold.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2022
    Author: JMC22
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.

See other similar producers:Tua Rita,Conti Costanti

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3367 bottles owned
  • 227 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 227 collectors)