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2017 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews




2017 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews



Learn Even More About the 2017 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Through its Reviews.



2017

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Reviews




97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum, and French oak mingle with camphor and blue flower on the nose. This boasts extraordi-nary elegance and freshness despite the hot vintage, delivering flavors of juicy Marasca cherry, spiced blueberry, tobacco, and licorice. Velvety, fine-grained tannins provide support while coffee and crushed mint linger on the finish.”



96 Pointz James Suckling


“The balance and beauty to this is impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, creamy-textured finish. It’s polished, yet concentrated.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“A taut, densely wrought red, with black currant, black cherry, iron, wild herb, and spice flavors matched to the elegant frame and restrained character. Balanced and long, this has a distinctly Old World feel and looks set to unravel its complex facets slowly. Terrific length.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2017 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a fascinating wine that symbolizes a never-ending tug-of-war between vintner and vintage. The question is who comes out on top? In this case, my money is on the vintner. The 2017 vintage, characterized by scorching heat and drought across much of Italy, was not an easy one. However, vintners had ample time to prepare because those climatic challenges had already played out midway through the summer season. Vintners with experience such as that amassed at Tenuta San Guido (now on the eve of Sassicaia's 50th birthday celebration) knew exactly how to handle the tricky 2017 growing season. Fruit was harvested early to avoid any jammy sensations, and a strict selection process was employed in order to preserve the best clusters... The 2017 Sassicaia was expertly built to withstand a long aging future, yet only time will tell if the beauty of the bouquet will evolve at the same pace. This fascinating wine magically captures the hallmarks of cool-temperature winemaking in one of the hottest vintages in recent years. Vintners, not vintage, won this round.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2017 Sassicaia shows the natural richness and intensity of the year while retaining its mid-weight sense of balance and overall poise. A burst of super-ripe red cherry/plum fruit makes a strong opening statement. Mocha, cinnamon, leather, and dried herbs appear later, adding aromatic lift. The 2017 is a fairly immediate Sassicaia. Even so, it has enough energy to drink well for a number of years. Production is down 35%, a combination of naturally low yields, dehydration on the vine, and then selection in the cellar. Most of the fruit comes from the estate’s hillside vineyards, older parcels that resisted the conditions better.”



94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea brought relief to the drought- and heat-stricken vines at this estate in 2017, allowing the team at San Guido to produce a smooth and harmonious wine. It opens with a burst of fresh berries amplified by subtle notes of toasted vanilla and warm spice; a hint of orange peel brightens the finish. Approachable now for its sheer exuberance, the wine’s fresh acidity will carry it through a decade or more of cellaring.”




Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



97 Pointz Decanter


“This 2017 Sassicaia is wonderfully fragrant on the nose, but it needs an hour or more to really open up. 2017 was a very difficult vintage mainly because it was so dry it didn't rain for most of the summer and for much of the spring. The vines were stressed, and a lot of fine-tuning and management was needed in the vineyards and in the winery to get the best results. But what I love so much about this 2017 is that Carlo Paoli and the Tenuta San Guido team have done a brilliant job. There is a lovely harmony on the palate and a lovely mouth-watering freshness and acidity which is a signature of Sassicaia but more of a challenge in this vintage. There is a little dry twist to the tannins on the finish, but they are beautifully integrated into the rest of the wine and this after all is a signature of the 2017.”

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