Tenuta San Guido
In the 1940's, a project of passion was born when the truly visionary Marachese Mario Incisa Della Rochetta realised the vast potential of Bordeaux varities in Bolgheri a coastal area of Tuscany previously unknowne for its wine production. The project was honed over 20 years and only shared with close friends and neighbours at the time. However the great quality on display could not be kept a secret forever and eventaully under immense presure from their peers the family released the first commercial vintage of Sassicaia in 1968. Since then, allocated and acclaim have followed on of the most profound Cabernet dominant wines in the world to become the flagship Super Tuscan, and arguably Italy's most important wine.
The nose opens up with brooding blackcurrant fruit, a hint of cocoa and fresh capsicum in the background yet with a floral overtone; this is promisingly expressive for such a young wine and already showing some complexity. It is followed by absolutely fabulous volume and power on the mid palate, yet it remains beautifully elegant and delicate on the superb, long finish.
Great with grilled flank steak with béarnaise sauce.
Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018.