TENUTA SAN GUIDO Sassicaia, Bolgheri 2018 Double MAGNUM - NO DISCOUNT
Red Still Wine | Italy | Tuscany | Bolgheri | 300cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2018 vintage was a classic year for Sassicaia. Autumn and early winter were characterised by temperatures above the seasonal norm with sporadic rains. This situation that lasted until February, with greater intensity of rain and some snow at the highest altitudes. At the beginning of March, temperatures rose slightly. Shortly after, a further wave of frost affected the whole of Italy, especially the Tuscan coast. Spring arrived in the second half of April, with rising temperatures and sunny days.
Throughout spring to late summer, temperatures remained normal, without excess heat and with occasional rains, favouring the phenological phases of flowering and fruit set. During July, the heat became intense; the high temperatures lasted until mid- August, which brought abundant rains, refreshment to the vines and temperatures returned to normal.
The harvest of Cabernet Franc began in the first ten days of September, while Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked from 16th September to 4th October. The production was slightly lower than expected but of fantastic quality, with an excellent level of phenolic ripeness and no excessive sugar content, guaranteeing moderate alcohol content and excellent aromatic complexity.
With this classic and cooler vintage, Sassicaia has reached a level that no one else in Bolgheri has obtained yet. The nose is closed but precise, delicately perfumed with nuances of violet and peony, cherries and mulberries, minerality, purity and precision. The bouquet is already open, evolving constantly and delivering so much complexity and grace. Delicate and subtle in texture on the palate, it is lithe and precise, with great freshness. The silky and powdery tannic structure provide a lingering finish. This is a very touching wine, charismatic and energetic, a vintage that will sit amongst the very greatest from this iconic winery. Drink from 2023. Nicolas Clerc MS
“This is a classic vintage of an Italian icon now celebrating its 50th vintage. The Tenuta San Guido 2018 Bolgheri Sassicaia lays out a familiar blueprint that borrows from the proven track record of this landmark estate that extends into the hills just beyond the Tyrrhenian shores of Tuscany. This vintage is crystalline and pure in its delivery, and if you are familiar with previous editions, it is impossible to mistake this wine for anything but Sassicaia. The growing season started off cool and wet but turned to warm and dry conditions comfortably before the harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc in a supporting role deliver a graceful mid-weight texture that holds back style-wise in terms of phenolic density. The wine’s careful balance is achieved thanks to the nuanced character of the fruit, the present acidity, the well-managed structure and the contained alcohol. The palate is lifted and bright, the finish is polished and long, and the wine skips over any heaviness on the mid-palate. The bouquet is especially intriguing with a very lively plummy fruit element that is enhanced by baker’s chocolate, pepper spice, iron ore, caramel and pie crust. There is also a green character that adds positively to the bouquet with aniseed, tea leaf, soya, menthol rub and black olive. The fruit maturity is spot-on with no elements that feel over or underripe. Overall, the 2018 Sassicaia weighs in with a svelte frame and long persistence. Moreover, it is distinguished by the archetypal elegance and pedigree of the classic vintages of the past. This new release gives you much pleasure to await.” 97+ Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
“Beautiful, serene aromas of sweet berries and wild flowers with light lavender and fresh sage. Really aromatic. A firm, silky red with medium to full body and ultra fine tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blue fruit and blackberries follow through to a beautiful finish. Really tight and polished. Bright acidity. Will be lovely to drink in a few years. The 2017 and 2016 were about power, but the 2018 is about finesse and subtlety. Try after 2024.” 97 Points, James Suckling
“The 2018 Sassicaia is fabulous. Bright and beautifully poised, the 2018 opens with brilliant aromatics that make a strong first impression. Delicate and light on its feet, the 2018 is a regal wine that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. Sassicaia is the most finessed of Bolgheri’s top wines. That is very much the case in 2018 as well. I loved it...The year favored the estate’s oldest vineyards, those on hillside sites. The 2018 spent 19 months in oak, two-thirds new, a bit more new oak than the norm..” 97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.