2016 Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv|
Dark plum, cassis and graphite, great concentration and a touch of leafiness. Palate has great weight, saturated rich black fruit, graphite, tobacco, complex wood notes, very pure, rich tannins, great acid and superb length. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 L&S (Apr 2018)
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Inviting red and dark fruit nose. Ripe but with freshness. Surprisingly elegant palate with plenty of depth. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 17 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (May 2018)
The 2016 Guidalberto is a delicious wine from Tenuta San Guido. Dark, plush and enveloping, the 2016 offers plenty of near and medium-term appeal. Succulent black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and grilled herb notes are nicely pushed forward in this juicy, mid-weight wine. Floral notes reappear to give the 2016 an attractive, perfumed finish. In 2016, Guidalberto is a wine of finesse and nuance, with lovely persistence and balance. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2018)
This wine is showing exceptionally well in this classic vintage. The 2016 Guidalberto (Cabernet Sauvignon and a smaller percentage of Merlot) opens to a full and generous bouquet and a beautifully rich and velvety appearance. This edition of Tenuta San Guido's mid-level wine offers a bigger aromatic profile, more texture and more volume as well. Dark cherry and blackberry segue to spice, tar, leather and sweet fruit at the end. The mouthfeel is elegantly shaped, silky and nuanced. This may well be the best vintage of Guidalberto I have yet to taste—and you can get this wine at a great price too. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 94+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Feb 2018)
Wonderful aromas of ripe cabernet sauvignon such as currants and plums. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Linear and very long. Dynamic and beautiful. We will see, but this shows excellent potential. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
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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