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.
The Wine AdvocateExplodes 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.
Wine EnthusiastThis 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.
Wine SpectatorVery 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.
International Wine CellarBright 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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