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2007 San Guido - Sassicaia

ITALY / TUSCANY /
abv 13.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 58660-2007
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($220; a blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc) Bright red with a pale rim. Subdued, youthfully reticent nose hints at pomegranate, currant, cedar and minerals. Soft and approachable already but a bit monolithic, with lush, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, cassis, smoke and vanilla. A seamlessly ripe and broad wine, finishing with smooth peppery tannins and good length. I suspect this needs time to sort itself out in bottle but I wouldn't be surprised if this will always be remembered as a Sassicaia offering early accessibility and a little less concentration and depth than usual. Presently, it's not much better than the Guidalberto, though my experience with Sassicaia over the last 30 vintages has taught me that this wine is often disappointing when young, only to blossom about ten years after the vintage. I should also point out that I encountered quite a bit of bottle variation: one of my four samples rated 94 points, another two were 90 or 91 at best, and the fourth did not merit anything like an outstanding rating.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: September/October 2010
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Mid crimson. Very lifted and complex. Ripe but not flashy nose. Very terroir driven rather than strongly Cabernet. Released May/Jun 2010. Very lively and Lafite-like. Racy. Aristocratic. Very rewarding. Not especially hot. Sinewy. Even very slightly salty. So much more refined than Ornellaia 2007! Wonderfully subtle.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2007 Sassicaia (Cabernet Sauvignon) explodes onto the palate with masses of rich, opulent fruit that caress the palate with gorgeous length and a seamless beauty that is hard to fully capture. Dark wild cherries, plums, spices, minerals and herbs develop in the glass. This is an especially bold, perhaps slightly uncharacteristic Sassicaia in its extroverted personality, but it is beautiful all the same. The inner perfume and sweetness carries through the long finish, where the sheer weight and glycerol of the fruit leaves a lasting impression. The 2007 is more than a worthy follow-up to the profound 2006. While it may lack that wine's freshness, structure and potential longevity, the 2007 is immensely appealing today, and should drink beautifully pretty much out of the gate. That said, Sassicaia is always the most restrained of Bolgheri's heavy hitters. This is a superb effort from Tenuta San Guido.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Very enticing aromas of spices, meat and berries. Full-bodied and juicy, soft and velvety, with a long, succulent finish.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: rnorberto
  • Self | Rating:

    Delicious...opened nicely...unreal finish
    Author: RickNJ
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Wonderful wine, and getting better, still very young. A bit more aggressive than some vintages with some what sharp tannins. Terrific definition overall. Turns a rustic italian meal into a memorable experience. Rustic and real.
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 95

    wonderfully balanced wine. it does require 15-30 minutes after decanting to open up but when it does it is truly a Tuscan masterpiece
    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: dozman3
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

  • 1446 bottles owned
  • 188 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 188 collectors)