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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003
(search item no. 88031)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $175.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 Decanter rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The legacy of Sassicaia begins in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, "the place of many stones". This and a slightly more elevated microclimate of 20 acres, called Aianova, were planted in phases between 1965 and 1985, bringing plantings to the present extent of 90 acres in vines averaging 20 to 25 years of age.

Since the late 1960s, Sassicaia has represented a standard of production that is without compromise. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed, crushed and fermentation is set off by natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. For the first week, pumping over of the must takes place three times daily; during the second week, this is reduced to once daily until the end of the 14-day fermentation period. The wine is pressed from the skins and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place in 225-litre Allier and Tron├žais oak barriques, approximately 30 percent of which are new, for 18 to 22 months depending on vintage.

Sassicaia is a unique interpretation of the Cabernet variety, a wine of great breadth, complexity and longevity. The intense blackberry and cassis aromas, offset by notes of smoke and spice, are confirmed on a palate of lush concentration underscored by firm, ripe tannins carrying into a long, elegant finish.

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About Tenuta San Guido:

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 cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, "the place of many stones".

With the radical changes in the D.O.C. system of regulations as of the 1994 vintage, Sassicaia's extraordinary reputation was acknowledged through the Italian government's granting the wine its own appellation.

Sassicaia is today considered to be the new plus ultra of Italy's great red wines for its consistent excellence and its intuitive spirit. Acclaimed by the wine world's most respected voices, Sassicaia remains the legacy of its creator, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and his son, Marchese Nicol├▓ Incisa della Rocchetta.