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2008 San Guido - Sassicaia

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 JR
  • 97 JS
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SKU: 58660-2008-750-1A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. Fermented in stainless steel for 15 days at controlled temperatures, with regular pumping over and delestage. Aged in French oak barrels for 24 months and a further six months in bottle. TA 5.5 g/l, pH 3.62, RS 1.3 g/l. 220,000 bottles. Really classy stuff. Great balance. Very grown-up and sophisticated. Very dry and restrained and different from most.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Refined and elegant, this is right in step with the reserve of the vintage. Blackberry, plum, cassis and mineral flavors play out with subtle oak spice notes on the finish, where this flexes some muscle. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be treated to a sublime wine once this settles down in bottle. Muscular, firm tannins frame the exquisite finish in this dark, implosive Sassicaia. The 2008 Sassicaia is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    This is the best young Sassicaia in years. It's the new 1988, which was great, and sometimes better than the legendary 1985. What incredible aromas here with blueberries, spices, licorice, plums. Graphite too. Subtle and complex. Full and silky with a beautiful texture of fine tannins and an ultra-fine finish. So beautiful now but will be much better in 2015. Owner Niccolo Incisa della Rocchetta says that Sassicaia is always great in years that end with eight: 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Delicious!
    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very promising. Nose is stellar and enticing. Mouth feel is rich and smooth. Little spike of late acidity towars the end of the sip is my only reservation and it's minor. Maybe this will mellow and soften with some additional age. I think this will get better with time. Rated for what it is now.. . Could be a 96+ with another five years.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2028
    Author: DartAdam
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

  • 1138 bottles owned
  • 150 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 150 collectors)