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Sassicaia Bolgheri Red 2003
Until mid May, rain and temperatures stayed in the seasonal average, allowing a good water retention of the ground during the summer months. Summer was particularly hot, but being so close to the sea, temperatures never reached the high values of inland Tuscany. The climate was extremely dry and warm until the picking. The maturation of the grapes was ideal, especially for their aromatic and tasting components, combined with a good thickness of the skins, full with scents and tannins. Harvesting begun in the first days of September, and lasted for about three weeks. The grapes was accurately selected before the time of maceration on the skins, which lasted for about 16-18 days. This maceration allowed a complete diffusion of the poliphenols contained in the skins of the must. Following a very precocious malolactic fermentation, the wine begun at the beginning of November its ageing period of 24 month in french oak barriques, one third new. The fining took place for 6 months in the bottles before release on the market, allowing the development of the bouquet. The “terroir” of Bolgheri, and especially its proximity to the sea, the particular light, and the microclimate, are definetly favourable to Cabernet. Once again, these elements allowed the birth of a great wine, even in a vintage which was not so impressive for the rest of Tuscany. It is a characteristic of Sassicaia to expect great results even in these less celebrated vintages. And this tendency was even more reinforced in the last decade. Sassicaia 2003 is of an intense, concentrated and deep ruby colour. Very complex and elegant on the nose, with scents of red fruits. Strong, concentrated, with sweet and balanced tannins on the palate. Very long finish with very important organoleptic and poliphenolic aspects, which will ensure to this wine an extraordinary longevity.
Progression. The 2003 Sassicaia is one of those few wines that offers up more and more the longer you drink it. Loads of berries and cherries, herbs and spices on the nose followed by a chunky jammy palate packed with fruit. Full bodied, rich and opulent, soft tannins and a very pleasant velvety finish. And they say 2003 was a bad year?! Give the wine a few more years, best after 2009 (SN - 11/07)
Two and a half glasses
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Lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose. Full-bodied and chunky with lots of fruit and a long, velvety finish. Hints of new wood. Big and juicy Sassicaia. Very well done for the vintage. Best after 2008. 15,000 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2003 San Guido Sassicaia 750ml
Lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose. Full-bodied and chunky with lots of fruit and a long, velvety finish. Hints of new wood. Big and juicy Sassicaia.
Dunkel-violett-schwarze Farbe. Gezügelt die Nase. schwarze Beeren, etwas Cassis, nobles Holz und leichte Rauch- sowie Minzetöne. Am Gaumen mit primär offener Frucht, fleischigem Charakter, typischen Cabernet Sauvignon- und Cabernet Franc-Aromen (Peperoni, Kräuter, weissem Pfeffer). Recht füllig, dicht gewobene Tannine und schöner Balance (Frucht, Säure und Holz).
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