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2001 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews

2001 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews

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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.

97 Pointz Vinous

"(85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc): Deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines raspberry, dark cherry, smoke, coffee, minerals, and sexy coconutty oak. Then rich and very complex without any undue weight on the palate, offering deep, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, balsamic herbs, and cedar. This still very young wine offers a rare combination of density, intensity of flavor, and vinosity, finishing with fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of pepper and herbs. Along with the 2004, this is my choice for the best Sassicaia of the last 20 years, in a classic, ultra-clean, and refined style. The 2001 vintage in Bolgheri was characterized by a deep freeze at Easter time (with temperatures down to -6°C), which greatly reduced eventual vine yields and caused a 10%-15% decrease in overall production. A cooler than average September prolonged the ripening and brought more hang time for the fruit, allowing for optimal ripeness and the potential for complex, long-lived wines.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Beautiful aromas of summer fruits and hints of cream. Then turns to dried Provençal herbs, such as rosemary. Well-defined Sass. Full-bodied, with sleek, refined tannins and a silky finish. All in finesse. Classy wine. Almost chewy. Reminds me of the excellent 1997, but this is slightly better. Give it time. Best after 2008.” 

91 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar

“Bright red with a pale rim. Still reticent nose hints at redcurrant, pomegranate, graphite, and cedar. Softer and more approachable than usual for young Sassicaia, with fleshy, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, cassis, balsamic smoke, and vanilla. A seamlessly ripe, broad, and long wine, finishing with smooth, very peppery, balsamic tannins and a trace of alcoholic warmth. The acid spine is hidden by the glossy, ripe fruit, but there’s plenty of it here; in this respect, the 2007 Sassicaia is not unlike other vintages with similar growing seasons, and reminds me of the 1997 at the same stage of development. I still feel that this vintage of Sassicaia will be remembered for offering early accessibility and perhaps possessing a little less concentration and depth than some recent great releases such as 2001 and 2006. However, do not make the mistake of attributing this to a hot year: unlike in more sun-drenched parts of Tuscany, 2007 was not an excessively hot vintage here. I also noted less bottle variation when I tasted this wine three times in November than I did in my tastings between April and August of 2010.” 

Bonus Reviews


Gambero Rosso

Three Glasses

"...a massive, muscular Sassicaia that is slow to open on the nose by reason of its youth. However, the sheer richness of the body tells you that this will be a very long-lived edition. The tannins are more in evidence than in recent editions, and it flaunts class and concentration in spades. In short, it is one of the finest Sassicaias of the past 15 years, along with the '98, although the sensory characteristics of the two wines are different. As ever, it is obtained from mainly cabernet sauvignon, and will accompany us for at least the next two decades, evolving beautifully as it goes.”

United Kingdom 

99 Pointz Decanter

“Clearly stronger and richer in colour than the 2002, with a wonderful nose, you feel the older Cabernet coming through on this now, merging together with warming spice. A slow teasing buildup of tannic power over the palate, where the flavours begin softly, then tighten. Some animal leathery notes, certainly, but fresh clean leather not Brett, this is a powerful wine, full of hedonism and optimism. The fruit is rich wild strawberries and raspberry coulis, exotic, cinnamon spicing, but not overblown because a grip of salinity comes in on the finish. A great wine, still young. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc.”


19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine 

“Wonderful lustrous ruby. Beautiful. Perfect balance. Very clean and stunningly fresh. Yes! Some tannin. Neat. Same sort of build as 2006. Tea leaves and life. Racy and fresh. Almost minty. Great stuff.”



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