After settling with his wife, Clarice, into their Tuscan estate at Tenuta San Guido on the Mediterranean Coast, he experimented with several French grape varieties and concluded, â€œthe bouquet I was looking forâ€ was found in the Cabernet.
A wine that had Cabernet Sauvignon as its primary component represented a radical shift from the traditional Tuscan and Piedmontese varietals of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. No one had ever considered making a wine crafted along Bordeaux lines on Italian soil, much less in a region not yet established viticulturally. In addition to the Cabernetâ€™s satisfactory bouquet, the Marquisâ€™ decision to plant this grape variety at Tenuta San Guido was influenced by the Tuscan locationâ€™s similarity to Graves in Bordeaux. â€œGravesâ€ means â€œgravelâ€ in French, and similarly, the earth at Tenuta San Guido gave Sassicaia its name, which in the Tuscan dialect means â€œstony groundâ€.
However, accustomed to the light, local wines, consumers did not respond well to the first vintages of Sassicaia. Wines made from the more complex Cabernet Sauvignon grapes take more time to mature and develop. Subsequently, from 1948 to 1960, Sassicaia was consumed only at the estate. Each year, a small number of cases were laid down in the cellars of Castiglioncello. The Marquis discovered that as the years went by, however, the wine greatly improved. As is often the case with wines of great pedigree, those things originally considered defects turned into virtues over time. Soon, friends and relatives were urging him to pursue his passion and to perfect his revolutionary style of winemaking.
In 1965, he planted two more vineyards comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; the new â€œSassicaiaâ€ vineyard was situated approximately 800 feet lower than the original Cabernet vineyard near Castiglioncello, and â€œAianovaâ€ was slightly more elevated and thus exposed to the weather. Eventually, all of the wine produced on the estate came to be known by the name of Sassicaia.
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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2012
Intense, concentrated and deep ruby-red, this wine offers complex aromas of red and black fruits, with spice and wild herb notes. In the mouth, the rich flavors are dense, yet elegant, harmonious and graceful, with sweet but firm tannins. With a long finish, this wine's depth and structure will ensure ... more
in mixed case $205.19
Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2016
Guidalberto is a second wine from the producers of the legendary Sassicaia. Grapes are harvested and transported to an independent cellar. Fermentation takes place separately for each variety in temperature-controlled steel vats before undergoing maceration. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels and refined in bottle before ... more
in mixed case $53.09
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2014
Pale and limpid with a wide aromatic bouquet. In the mouth it is pleasant with bright acidity and youthful red berries. Despite we are dealing with a delicate vintage, it shows great length and precision.
Pairing: Pair with rich flavors like braised meats, osso bucco and aged, hard cheeses. more
in mixed case $233.99
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