1997 San Guido - Sassicaia 1.5L

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

IWC 88   JR 18.5   WS 93   Customer 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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: Issue 91

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Spectator | 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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: G
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/22/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Walter Z
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/22/2013

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Rating: 94
Author: zepierotti
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 08/09/2012

Rating: 94
Author: MarcelB
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
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.

Rating: 94
Author: Thor
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/02/2009

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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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