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2017 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

SKU #1484020 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 2017 vintage for Sassicaia was described by winemaking consultant Graziana Grassini as 'contracted and difficult, but it evolved impressively well with great strides during the oak ageing'. The wine shows a great intensity and elegance on the super-restrained nose of bramble fruit, layered with cedar, kiwi peel and a touch of oak. Surprisingly velvety, silky tannins and brilliant acidity are supported by creamy mid-palate weight with an amazingly savoury finish of cedar and tobacco. (AF) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum and French oak mingle with camphor and blue flower on the nose. This boasts extraordi-nary elegance and freshness despite the hot vin-tage, delivering flavors of juicy Marasca cherry, spiced blueberry, tobacco and licorice. Velvety, fine-grained tannins provide support while coffee and crushed mint linger on the finish. *Cellar Selection* (KO) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

93-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A taut, densely wrought red, with black currant, black cherry, iron, wild herb and spice flavors matched to the elegant frame and restrained character. Balanced and long, this has a distinctly Old World feel and looks set to unravel its complex facets slowly. Terrific length. *Collectibles* (BS) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea brought relief to the drought- and heat-stricken vines at this estate in 2017, allowing the team at San Guido to produce a smooth and harmonious wine. It opens with a burst of fresh berries amplified by subtle notes of toasted vanilla and warm spice; a hint of orange peel brightens the finish. Approachable now for its sheer exuberance, the wine’s fresh acidity will carry it through a decade or more of cellaring. (SJ) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Hint of opaqueness to the ruby colour. Nutty, spicy oak, with deep, nuanced black fruit and a dash of fresh earth. More backward, less expressive than the scented, floral 2016 shown last year. Also, unlike the 2016, this is more firmly structured and tighter, so is not one that would favour broaching young. The tannins are nevertheless very fine grained and will convey the sense of elegance of Sassicaia over time. Lovely length. 17.5+/20 points. (TJ) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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