Red, Ready, but will keep

2000 Sassicaia, Bolgheri Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany

2000 Sassicaia, Bolgheri Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany

Red | Ready, but will keep | Code:  3354 | 2000 | Italy > Tuscany > Bolgheri | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

Antonio Galloni

93

Jancis

16.5/20

Antonio Galloni - Intense dark ruby. Dark berry fruit and exotic spice scents fill the high-toned, penetrating nose. Offers a deep core of beautifully delineated blackberry and blackcurrant flavors layered with bell pepper, dark chocolate and minerals. Smooth tannins frame the very long finish, leaving one with the impression of persistence and balance.
 Edward Beltrami, Vinous.com (July 2003)

Jancis - Mid ruby with orange rim. Autumnal leaf and a touch of nuttiness but great fruit underneath. Quite juicy and gripping red fruit. Not extremely polished and just a tiny bit stalky, but has real grip and character. 
Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (November 2013)

Wine Spectator - Shows its class. Loaded with fruit. Rich yet balanced, with lots of jammy and plummy character. Full-bodied, with round tannins and a silky finish. Exotic. Sass made excellent wine again in a less than easy year. Best after 2006. 16,600 cases made.
(James Suckling - Wine Spectator)

Other - Very dark on inspection, with a deeply pigmented central core running right out to a very thin rim. The nose is very intense; there is a great purity of fruit, with a slightly meaty-cherry character, and a toffee edge. It possesses a lovely, pure, cool style which it shows willingly on the palate, polished, direct and bright, with a wonderful composition. There is a fine tannic grip beneath, delicious acidity, with sappy and savoury fruit. A fine weight. Here is a wine with definition and grace but also power and potential, the latter two expressed in a very refined manner, as if encased in a velvet glove. A great finish and quite some length to it. This is very fine indeed
(19/20 - thewinedoctor.com - Nov 2007)

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Bolgheri

Bolgheri is a new DOC in the coastal Maremma region which first rose to prominence during the 1970s with the emergence of the so-called Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia and Sassicaia. These new ventures had rocked the DOC establishment by using high proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, opting out of the DOC system and relabeling their wines as simply Vino da Tavola (table wine). 

Having won universal acclaim and exchanging hands for unprecedented prices (higher even than Tuscany's finest examples), the authorities relented and awarded Bolgheri its own DOC. The actions of the Super Tuscans inspired a generation in Italy, even if some of the wines here have lost a little of their lustre since.

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