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2006 San Guido - Sassicaia

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 58660-2006-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($220; 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc) Bright red-ruby. Complex nose melds red cherry, blackcurrant, minerals, dried herbs and a delicate oaky vanillin nuance; the fruit aromas show an almost roasted quality without going over the top. Sweet, concentrated and nicely fresh, with an impression of strong extract and a hint of exotic fruits to the flavors of ripe red and dark berries, chocolate, plum and wild herbs. The candied fruit quality carries through on the long, smooth finish, where there's a trace of heat and hints of menthol and minerals. A very successful Sassicaia but, in my notebook, just a little below the lofty heights of the 2001 or 2004. But given the quality of this wine, that's quibbling. (Kobrand, Inc., New York NY)
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: September/October 2010
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Displays sweet tobacco, plum and berry aromas, with a jammy undertone, turning to licorice on the palate. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a lovely texture and plenty of fruit. Outstanding Sassicaia, with structure and finesse. 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Firm crimson. Silky tannins. Very confident and polished. Quite high acidity - more so than the Solaias tasted immediately beforehand. Fine and rather Lafite-like in structure.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a stunning wine and the standout performer among these older vintages. In a sense, 2004 and 2006 are siblings. The 2004 vintage is the loud and boisterous brother and 2006 is the calmly collected, intellectual alternative. This wine possesses a deep sense of inner elegance that is transmitted into tiny, elegant pulses that form a steady and meaningful continuum. Those fluid tones of small berry, blue flower and toasted almond build in intensity and momentum. The wine shows energy and vertical propulsion. It also incorporates a distinctively pure and polished feel that comes forward with aromas of natural rubber, crushed granite and tarry smoke. These dark elements contribute to the overall complexity and depth of the wine. Perhaps the most significant aromatic characteristic of the 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is its inherent flower power. At this stage, the wine bursts forward with a bouquet of pressed violets, lavender and garden rose. Finely polished tannins and balanced acidity follow those delicate nuances. This is a subtle wine with ethereal traits that serve well for its longevity.
    Author: Monica Larner
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: miramont jp
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Definitely a good wine. A great blend of currants, plum, blackberries and a hint of coffee on the nose. Everything is seamless and well integrated. But this wine has no finish. I have tasted far better Cabernets and Super Tuscans at a much lower price. It seems to be priced on reputation, not current quality.
    Author: Litig8tr
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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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

  • 1879 bottles owned
  • 235 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 235 collectors)