2006 San Guido - Guidalberto 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Toscano/Toscana IGT/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

WA 94   WS 92   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2006 Guidalberto is timid and understated on first nose. Give it time and this wine opens to enormous elegance and grace. Steep diurnal shifts toward the end of the growing season helped to enhance the wine's aromatic offerings and persistence. In fact, the depth and beauty of the bouquet is its strongest card. It reveals small berry tones with cassis, wild cherry and dried cranberry. Quick to follow are ethereal tones of licorice, balsam herb and dried ginger. The impact is tight, focused and long-lasting. This edition of Guidalberto shows extremely fine tannins and a silky texture. It has aged beautifully. You can drink it now or wait a little bit longer. When Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a state visit to Washington, D.C. this past April, he packed a few bottles for the trip. He selected four wines to share with President Barack Obama. According to media reports they were Sassicaia (the 2011 vintage), Ornellaia, Tignanello and a Brunello di Montalcino by Mastrojanni. The statesmen sampled the wines together and President Obama joked that it would be âÂ?Â?insultingâÂ?Â� not to taste them. During a press conference, he turned to Renzi and smiled: âÂ?Â?I will give you, Matteo, a report on whether it is up to the quality we expect.âÂ?Â� Born in Florence, Prime Minister Renzi made a sound selection of wines from his native Tuscany to share with the American president. Of these wines, none is more iconic than Sassicaia. Roughly one month prior to the White House wine summit, I was in Bolgheri at Tenuta San Guido to taste a few older vintages of Sassicaia including the 1982 and 1998. I was also able to taste preview samples of the excellent 2013 vintage and the challenging 2014 vintage.

Drink Dates: 2015-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Aromas of toasty oak and ripe fruit lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit and a chewy finish. Needs some time to come around. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/23/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2013
Boisterous! Notes of hearth, herbs and a lot of sweet blackberry flavour. Tannins are fine and balanced, great value for money.

Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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970 bottles owned by 246 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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