96/100 James Suckling
"The balance and beauty to this is impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, creamy-textured finish. It’s polished, yet concentrated. Better after 2022, but already very seductive."
(James Suckling, jamessuckling.com)
96/100 International Wine Report
"The 2017 Sassicaia is a remarkable showing from this challenging vintage that experienced high temperatures and drought for most of the growing season. Despite the challenges set-forth by mother nature, the team at Tenuta San Guido has managed to produce an exceptional wine, through strict grape selection to eliminate impurities, and experienced decision making in both the vineyard and cellar. The final blend is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, which was sourced from the estates higher elevations plots situated about 1,100 feet above sea level, which received more relief from the hot daytime temperatures. As far as the wine itself, it begins with an aromatic profile of blackberries, cherries and hints of dark plum, which are laced with forest herbs, earthy minerals, fresh cut florals and spices, which all come together beautifully in the glass. On the palate this is medium to full-bodied and beautifully structured with polished tannins resulting in a gorgeous mouthfeel. It continues to impress with its notable concentration and overall balance leading up to the gorgeous finish. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barriques (one third new wood and the rest, first and second passage). The 2017 is nothing short of a total success and should not be overlooked. While appears this will be accessible earlier than most recent vintages, it also has plenty of aging potential and should go on to offer a drinking window that could span nearly two decades."
"The 2017 Sassicaia is dark, sensual and rich, which is a good thing, as the tannins - the result of a warm, dry year in which phenolic ripening was difficult to fully reach - are also quite powerful. I tasted the 2017 from an approximate blend from barrel, where the wines are still aging in separate lots. It will be interesting to see where things end up once the wine is in bottle."
(Antonio Galloni, vinous.com)
"The 2017 Sassicaia is a fascinating wine that symbolizes a never-ending tug-of-war between vintner and vintage. The question is who comes out on top? In this case, my money is on the vintner. The 2017 vintage, characterized by scorching heat and drought across much of Italy, was not an easy one. However, vintners had ample time to prepare because those climatic challenges had already played out midway through the summer season. Vintners with experience such as that amassed at Tenuta San Guido (now on the eve of Sassicaia's 50th birthday celebration) knew exactly how to handle the tricky 2017 growing season. Fruit was harvested early to avoid any jammy sensations, and a strict selection process was employed in order to preserve the best clusters. This Sassicaia represents 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, with most of the fruit coming from the Tenuta's historic vineyards Castiglioncello, Quercione and Doccino. These plots are all located on the back hill of Bolgheri at slightly higher elevations where they enjoy cooler nighttime temperatures. Old vines also have a deeper root system that is key to braving dry and hot summers. You can absolutely taste those choices here thanks to the wine's aromatic profile that offers more variety-driven green highlights of wild berry, forest floor and bramble than I would have expected. With time, as the wine takes on more air in the glass, you get a hint of summer plum or cherry cough drop, and this, to my surprise, is the only subtle reminder of the hot vintage encountered. I found the aromas here to be authentically "Tuscan" in character, more so than other vintages, with balsamic and Mediterranean elements that borrow directly from the Sangiovese playbook. I left the wine in my glass over the course of a day, checking back periodically, to find a growing mineral profile of rust or metal that recalls the high concentration of iron and manganese found in these Bolgheri soils. Another vintage-specific adjustment made in 2017 was shorter overall maceration times in steel tanks (from 10 to 12 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon and eight to 10 days for the Cabernet Franc). However, pump-overs and délestages were almost doubled in order to introduce more oxygen to the yeasts during fermentations at lower temperatures. Based on my understanding of fermentation kinetics, this means the 2017 Sassicaia would have achieved the same amount of extraction in about half the time. This process champions the cool-temperature fermentations that are a hallmark of Tenuta San Guido, despite the heat of the vintage. This puts more emphasis on aromatic elegance and minerality, rather than mouthfeel texture or creaminess per se. In fact, the 2017 Sassicaia is much shorter in the mid-palate compared to 2015 or 2016. In terms of oak, Tenuta San Guido takes advantage of the softer tannins found in Allier and Tronçais oak. The 2017 vintage saw a greater percentage (from 20% to 30%) of third and fourth passage barrique during the first 10 months of aging. The decision to use more neutral oak favors the reduction of oxygen and softens the tannic profile. Although the wine does end with a hint of bitterness, it took on noticeably more volume and soft richness the longer I kept my sample in the glass."
(Monica Larner, robertparker.com)
Sassicaia, der Inbegriff eines großartigen Super-Toskaner. Was als Projekt für den Eigenverbrauch Ende der 1960er Jahre begann, hat sich inzwischen zu einem wahren Kult entwickelt. Kaum ein anderer italienischer Wein hat es geschafft, die besten Eigenschaften eines großen Bordeaux so präzise ins Glas zu transportieren. Hier treffen die Reinheit der ausgebauten Cabernet Sauvignon und Cabernet Franc-Trauben in einer Eleganz und Vielschichtigkeit zusammen wie es sich für einen großen Wein gehört. Sassicaia begeistert nicht nur durch seine dichte und üppige Frucht sondern auch durch seine Erhabenheit und Balance. Es muss nicht der legendäre 85er sein um zu begreifen, dass Sassicaia wieder zu den besten Weingütern der Welt zählt.
|Flaschengröße:||75 cl - Bouteille, Normalflasche|
|Klassifikation:||DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia|
|Typ:||Rotwein trocken Rotwein|
|Weingut:||Sassicaia, San Guido|
|Rebsorte:||85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc|
|Ausbau:||24 Monate in 100% neuen, französischen Barriques, ein Drittel der Menge in 50% neuen, französischen Barriques|
|Boden:||Magere Lehmböden mit hohem Kalkanteil|
|Alkoholgehalt:||13,5 % vol|
|Bewertung A.Galloni, vinous.com:||93-96/100|
|Bewertung James Suckling:||96/100|
|Bewertung Achim Becker:||97+/100|
|Bewertung Daniel Nussbaum:||95+/100|
|Abgefüllt von:||Tenuta San Guido, CITAI S.P.A, Loc. le Capanne 27, I-57022 Bolgheri (LI)|