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Super Sharp Price on One of the Legends of Italy: Sassicaia - 01/20/2018 - Italy

Sassicaia is a category defining wine. Regardless of the vintage, it achieves heights that few other wines can attain with the current release being no exception. A tour de force of winemaking, this 2014 draws on the inherent beauty of Sassicaia’s vineyards. Stately, demure, but not without its coquettish side, it is graced with well-rounded red and black fruits along and enticing accents of spice box, saddle leather, and espresso bean. While other vintages focus on raw power, the 2014 is more about nuance and finesse. Any collector of Sassicaia will undoubtedly want to include this sterling effort in their collection. Its soft and supple tannins make it a great candidate to enjoy in the near term, but go ahead and cellar for another 10 to 15 years as it is sure to develop beautifully. We were able to secure a very attractive price from our distributor and are passing the savings along. This is a terrific opportunity to pick up one of Italy’s most noteworthy bottlings for a slice of what you’d normally pay.

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2014 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri ($157.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of red berry, blue flower, menthol, exotic spice and a whiff of French oak take shape on this impeccably balanced radiant red. The palate is vibrant and focusedalmost etherealdelivering raspberry compote, Marasca cherry, star anise and cinnamon framed in elegant tannins. Weightless and loaded with finesse, it's an incredible result for what was a cool wet vintage in most of Italy. (KO)" (12/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Relatively pale and limpid, this has a hauntingly beautiful aromatic quality of lilies, violet, cassis and cherry, which in sum is utterly beguiling. In the mouth it is demure and delicious with bright succulent acidity and an almost Burgundian sweetness and structure, replete with filigree tannins. Here the fruit is youthful raspberries and red berries with a hint of savoury graphite and violet. In comparison to other, more broad shouldered, Sassicaia vintages such as the 2012, this is altogether more delicate and lacy, yet still retains great length and precision. This is not a Sassicaia for the ultra long haul and is so precociously good and drinkable now that it will take some resistance not to pull the cork sooner rather than later. That said, it would easily repay another decade in bottle. (JS)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor. (ML)" (04/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctly Old World in style, this red boasts savory, cedar and mineral accents to the core of black currant and macerated cherry fruit. Elegant and persistent, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. (BS)" (09/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A pretty and fresh red with berry and cherry character. Hints of walnut. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Fine and delicate. Lighter than past vintages." (08/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Sassicaia is polished and expressive for the year. But it is also quite a bit darker and more concentrated than when it was a young wine. That search for a level of depth in aging that the vintage did not provide on its own also concentrated the tannins, which are a bit out of balance for the structure of the wine. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains aromatic expressiveness and layers. Today the wine is at once light in body and also tannic. (AG)" (04/2018)