Tenuta San Guido Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia 2004
The Weather conditions of the year 2004 were characterized by a very sunny but not particularly hot summer, unlike in 2003. The vines did not suffer drought during summer, thanks to a good amount of rain during spring. The grapes reached full maturity in the first ten days of September. The whole harvest took place during sunny days. Guidalberto is a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Sangiovese. The grapes are accurately selected before being stripped and then vinified in a new cellar purposely built at Tenuta San Guido, in Localitá Vecchio Frantoio. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless-steal vats. Maceration lasted for 17 days for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14 days for Sangiovese. The wine was then aged for 14 months in French and American oak “barriques”, one third of which being new ones. The wine in 2004 gave excellent results from the organoleptic point of view, since the fermentation and extraction during maceration period were very successful, especially thanks to the great poliphenolic richness of the grapes. The wine is characterized by a very intense purplish colour. The nose is very long and persistant, and on the palate is already evident an very well-balanced and persistant structure. The wine is round and gentle. The combination of an important organoleptic structure and richness of polyphenols, allows us to foresee an excellent longevity for this wine. Guidalberto della Gherardesca, who lived at the beginning of the 1800s, was an Incisa ancestor and was a pioneer of modern agriculture in the Bolgheri area. In addition to his many land reclamation projects, Guidalberto was known for his experiments in the winegrowing sector, which were already state of the art for his time, and for having planted the famous “Cypress Road” which is now a national historic landmark.
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The best Italian Red I have tasted
Excellent wine. Very smooth from start to finish
My first exposure to Sassicaia, tasted from an enomatic system at a wine bar I frequent. Luscious wine, well rounded, velvety mouthfeel and the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and alcohol Highly recommended.
Opulent, sophisticated and understated, the 2004 Sassicaia is a beautiful wine. The colors in the glass are vibrant dark Ruby with lighter hues. The nose is layered with chocolate, licorice, cherries and blackberries that stand out immediately. On the palate it is all finese with rounded tannins, a medium-large body and a finish that keeps going till Christmas. Salut! Anticipated Maturity - 2010-2024 (SN - 11/07)
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External Reviews for Tenuta San Guido Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Sassicaia 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).
Deep ruby. Absolutely ethereal nose offers intense yet refined aromas of ripe red cherry, smoke, leather and black truffle, with a pretty mineral element nuance and clarity. Velvety-smooth, ripe and rich on entry, then awash with mid-palate flavors o... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2004 San Guido Sassicaia 750ml
Sassicaia is today considered to be one of the greatest of Italy's wines both for its extremely high and consistent level of quality as well as for the creative, intuitive spirit of a revolutionary breed of new Italian wines it represents. As of
Guidalberto is named after Guidalberto della Gherardesca, an ancestor of Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta who cultivated vines in Bolgheri. Although similar in terrain as Sassicaia, the blend is different and created from younger vines. Composed of 45%
Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2004 Sassicaia is a lovely, understated effort. Medium in body, it presents nuanced layers of sweet dark fruit, licorice, menthol and toasted oak that gradually open onto a finely-knit frame of notable length. Today it appears to be quite reticent and still holding back much of its potential. Both bottles I sampled showed less vibrancy and freshness in both color and flavors than the other top 2004s I tasted alongside it, suggesting that the wine is still suffering from bottle shock. Anticipated maturity: 2010 - 2022.