Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2007
Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 1987 vintage of this wine was ranked #5 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1991
The first Super Tuscan, this great Cabernet allies a dense core of pure, ripe black currant fruit flavors and aromas with smoky notes of cedar, tobacco and vanilla to a refined supporting acidity and a sleek, finely integrated tannic structure.
"Explodes onto the palate with masses of
rich, opulent fruit that caress the palate with
gorgeous length and a seamless beauty that
is hard to fully capture. Dark wild cherries,
plums, spices, minerals and herbs develop in
the glass. This is an especially bold, perhaps
slightly uncharacteristic Sassicaia in its
extroverted personality, but it is beautiful all
the same. The inner perfume and sweetness
carries through the long finish, where the
sheer weight and glycerol of the fruit leaves
a lasting impression. The 2007 is more than
a worthy follow-up to the profound 2006.
While it may lack that wine’s freshness,
structure and potential longevity, the 2007 is
immensely appealing today, and should drink
beautifully pretty much out of the gate. That
said, Sassicaia is always the most restrained of
Bolgheri’s heavy hitters. This is a superb effort
from Tenuta San Guido."
The Wine Advocate
"This iconic Italian wine from Bolgheri's landmark Sassicaia vineyard (characterized by little rocks, or "sassi")
offers an elegant bouquet comprised in equal measure by mineral, fruit and spice nuances. The wine consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc and the finish is long, smooth and very fine. This is an ageworthy wine that should not be opened before 2018.
"Very enticing aromas of spices, meat and berries. Full-bodied and juicy, soft and velvety, with a long, succulent finish. Best after 2011. 20,000 cases made."
"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.
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The Tenuta San Guido is a 7,500-acre estate located in the province of Livorno on the western coastal outskirts of Tuscany near the village of Bolgheri. Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta acquired it through his marriage to Clarice della Gherardesca in 1940.
The legacy of Sassicaia began in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc vine...
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Learn About Tuscany
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...
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