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Sassicaia Bolgheri Red 2003

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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.

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Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Tenuta San Guido:
he Incisa della Rocchetta family were important a figures in the medieval and Renaissance history of Northern Italy The MARQyiSATE of incisa controlled the two banks of the river belbo. between the langhe and the plains of Alessandria, in the long line of the incisa della rocchetta family there stands out first of all Leopold, cameral magistrate to the 'Imperial Royal government of lombardy a... Read more
he Incisa della Rocchetta family were important a figures in the medieval and Renaissance history of Northern Italy The MARQyiSATE of incisa controlled the two banks of the river belbo. between the langhe and the plains of Alessandria, in the long line of the incisa della rocchetta family there stands out first of all Leopold, cameral magistrate to the 'Imperial Royal government of lombardy and veneto' up to 1840. when he left public office to ret irk to the ancestral home in rocchetta tanaro. here. in the family business. he would cultivate his passion for viticulture. leopold would publish two catalogues of the precious italian and foreign vines collected by him. books which are still today considered to be a bibliographical rarity. rich in observations and intuition that are still valid. Almost a century later his great-grandson mario incisa della rocchetta would draw inspiration from these catalogues for his grafts of bordeaux vine cuttings. first on the family lands at the occhetta and. with the success that is known worldwide. on the land of bolgheri. which became part of the family possessions in 1930 on h is marriage to h is beloved Clarice della Gherardesca. From its first commercialization 40 years ago. at the wish of mario incisa della rocchetta. on the sassicaia label there appeared a family seal dating back to Medieval times representing the ideal testimony of the continuous love of the incisas for their lands. Read less

Member Reviews for Sassicaia Bolgheri Red

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07/22/2008

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)


Snooth User: luca chevalier
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2.50 5
08/17/2010

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Sassicaia Bolgheri Red

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/29/2009

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


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

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.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/16/2009

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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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.

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