2012 Bolgheri Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
Slightly muted dense concentrated nose, ripe black cherry, cassis, some complex oak, refined and deep. The palate has richness, deep black fruit core, sinew and grip of ripe tannins, immaculate acidity, elegant medium weight, some oak on the finish which is long and complete. L&S (Apr 2015)
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A grand wine, of great complexity and classic elegance. A bottle to store in the wine cellar to enjoy fully when time will have done its duty. Rating: Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso (Oct 2015)
Lots of lavender, minerals and black currants on the nose. Turns to black berries. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and an exquisite finish. This is all about delicacy, finesse and grace. Yet there is a solid core of ripe tannins giving it backbone and outstanding form. Better in 2017 but so delicious already. A wonderful surprise. Rating: 95-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Mar 2015)
Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
Sassicaia is the only single estate wine in Italy with its own appellation - Bolgheri Sassicaia. It was the original "Super Tuscan" and is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged for 24 months in French barriques, of which these days ony 20% are new. Mario Incisa della Rochetta, part of a grand old Italian family who's roots extend back to the Renaissance and beyond, and cousin of the Antinoris, married Clarice della Gherardesca in 1930 and with his wife came some land in Bolgheri. The story of Sassicaia was just beginning. Mario dreamed of making a wine like the grand vins of Bordeaux and, noticing a similarity between his Bolgheri vineyards and those of the Graves, decided to plant some Cabernet Sauvignon. In the early years the wine was just for consumption on the estate and was not always well appreciated. Fortunately, a few cases were put away to age with each vintage and, once time had worked its magic, it became clear that these were wines that only truly showed their majesty with a few years in bottle. The first vintage released for commercial sale was the 1968 and it transformed Tuscan wine and has given rise to a host of imitators and rivals. Sassicaia is now revered, not only as one of the best wines in Italy, but as one of the best wines in the world.
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