Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

75cl * 14% ABV * Bolgheri, Italy

Sassicaia, one of the original Super Tuscan wines, is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet Franc (15%). It is known for its supple texture, elegance and perfume. The grapes that go into the making of Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia are from vineyards covering only around 97 hectares of the total 2,500 hectare DOCG Sassicaia Bolgheri estate.

Decanter Magazine awarded this wine 97 points and said, 'The wine shows a great intensity and elegance on the super-restrained nose of bramble fruit, layered with cedar, 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.'

2017 was both a hot year and a hotly anticipated vintage; ripeness of fruit would never be in question, yet the high temperatures throughout the summer and the lack of rain might have led to a wine that was over-rich and heavy, yet Sassicaia 2017 has a certain purity, definite elegance and a subtlety born of the expert winemaking. As Monica Larner from the Wine Advocate said, 'vintner, not vintage, won this round.'

Pair with a hearty venison Wellington.

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