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Dual 98-Point Ratings for the Benchmark Super Tuscan: Sassicaia - 03/03/2018 - Italy

As one of the most iconic wines in Italy, Sassicaia has come to define what it is to be a Super Tuscan. The newly available 2015 vintage earned dual 98-point scores from James Suckling and Decanter, as well as a 97-point score from Wine Advocate two days ago, further cementing this wine’s iconic status. Decanter’s review highlights the restrained power of this wine, noting: “This is a very confident wine with real authority and presence,” While Suckling called it, “A classic Sassicaia.” No matter how you cut it, there is little question the 2015 will go down as one of the top vintages in Sassicaia’s long and illustrious history. It is a bottling you most definitely don’t want to miss.

Beginning with its first commercial release in 1968, it was clear Sassicaia was a wine of great destiny. Unlike the other wines from Bolgheri at the time, it was based on Cabernet Sauvignon. To the locals, this was a seemingly heretical idea as they were so accustomed to the light and delicate indigenous varietals of the region. It didn’t take long however for its intoxicating aromas and flavors to win over an ever-growing following of devotees. History was made with countless other wineries crafting their own Super Tuscan bottlings. To this day, Sassicaia remains the standard by which all others are measured. In exceptional vintages, like 2015, Sassicaia is a wine collectors should purchase as much as their budget will allow, as it is a wine that will delight for many, many years to come.

2015 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival) ($184.99)

98 points Decanter: "This is certainly an exceptional Sassicaia, with a sumptuous nose of ripe, creamy black and red fruit with cedar and spice notes. The colour is by no means dark (as is often the case with Sassicaia), and the impression on the palate is one of controlled power underpinned by gorgeous sweetness and flowing elegance. This is a very confident wine with real authority and presence, beginning with a magnificent attack of rich cassis and ripe griotte cherry followed by cigar box and leather notes, and a long finish of savoury bay leaf and minerals. It's deceptively structured, the tannins wonderfully ripe, creamy and finely textured, while the juicy acidity also suggests that this wine has a very long life ahead of it. This 2015 exhibits everything that youd want from Sassicaia - and more - because of its winning combination of winemaking savoir-faire, world-class terroir, old vine fruit, and an outstanding vintage. It is unarguably stunning." (01/2018)

98 points James Suckling: "Love the aromas to this young red with blackcurrants, sage, cinnamon and five-spice character. Changes all the time. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with a ripe and rich tannin backbone that gives form and beauty to the ripe and beautiful fruit. Tight and very long. Approachable now but will reward more in five to six years. A classic Sassicaia." (01/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The long-awaited 2015 Bolgheri Sassicaia represents a tremendous effort that comes together with seamless precision and focus. This is a confident and proud red wine from Tuscany. Starting with the primary material at hand, you sense the quality of fruit thanks to the wine's beautifully dark appearance and the rich texture it offers to the palate. The acidity is integrated, but more freshness still would have been welcomed in my view (and would also contribute to its longevity). The bouquet is amplified both in terms of volume and length. Its playlist includes dark berry fruit, spice, leather, licorice and roasted coffee bean. Yet, the mouthfeel is extremely graceful and silky. The wine's undisputed pedigree is showcased on the palate. It should also be noted that this edition of Sassicaia feels more ready and open to me. It will age and evolve beautifully, but the 2015 Sassicaia can also be enjoyed in the medium-term. This wine is all about the here and now. (ML)" (03/2018)