Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2019
Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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. Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet FrancCritical Acclaim
Decanter 100 Points Sassicaia 2019 spent 25 months in oak (one-third new). ‘We have been going longer in oak in the past few years,’ said Carlo Paoli, managing director of Tenuta San Guido. Quite pale in the glass, the nose is extremely graceful and intense with a lavender note enhanced by restrained bramble fruits, fermented citrus peel, an intense violet aroma, and graphite minerality in depth. The attack is soft and full, the flavor savory and cedary through to the finish, with integrated velvety tannins and lifted acidity. A perfectly woven structure is bound with signature freshness and fruit vibrancy, making this one for the long haul.
Wine Enthusiast 99 Points Enticing aromas of blue flower, cassis, camphor, and spice are front and center in this stunning red. The lithe, savory palate features black currant, red plum, and star anise while tobacco notes linger on the long finish. Elegant, polished tannins and bright acidity keep it beautifully balanced and focused. Best After 2025. Cellar Selection
James Suckling 99 Points The purity of cabernet sauvignon fruit is exceptional here, with character and sensibility that’s reminiscent of some of the great Sassicaias from the 1980s, such as 1982 or 1988. But this is much more precise and clean. Aromas and flavors of currants and berries with cedar and earth. Sage and minty character, too. It’s full-bodied, yet there’s so much polish and balance, together with structure, elegance, and refinement. Hard not to drink at this stage, yet give it time and respect. This will be a classic Sass and reminds me why I love this wine. Try after 2026.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 98 Points The latest release from Tenuta San Guido is the 2019 Bolgheri Sassicaia. The bouquet is upfront and very expressive from the get-go. It offers a generous display of crunchy, dark cherry that hints at the extra concentration and fruit weight obtained in the 2019 growing season. This vintage will be remembered for the crisp richness of the fruit and its important textural imprint. It also shows fine elegance, bordering on the ethereal, with berry aromas, tarry earth, and brushes of balsam herb or grilled rosemary. Sassicaia always shows an almost glossy, finely knit quality to the polished mouthfeel, and I find it again here next to fresh acidity and firm tannins. Mouthfeel in 2019 is the wine's strongest suit. 2019 is one of the prettiest and most balanced editions of Sassicaia we've seen this past decade, along with the back-to-back duo of 2016 and 2015. 2019 marries the precision of 2016 with the rich fruit weight of 2015.
Wine Spectator 98 Points Supple and beautifully defined, with black cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit augmented by tobacco, iron, and thyme. Firmly structured, tightening up as this lingers with an aftertaste of dark fruit, graphite, and spice. Shows a sense of elegance as well as power and intensity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024
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