3 Decades of Sassicaia Masterclass with Priscilla Incisa della Rochetta

Decanter FWE, The Landmark hotel, London

Tasted November 3, 2018 by Papies with 183 views

Introduction

Priscilla Incisa della Rochetta presented the history and her view of the future of this great estate. A very solid ambassador to the wine , very knowledgable and definitely did not deserve the patronizing presence of John Stimpfig next to her on the presenters table.

We split our notes below into 3 different parts as we felt there were three distinct styles of the wine over the years.

Flight 1 - The Classics (5 notes)

Red
1997 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
94 points
From Magnum. Quite a dark color still bit with bricking on the rim that hints to a bit of age. The nose is actually quite youthful and granted it has some secondary touches. The nose could be confused for classic left bank bordeaux. Still in ts prime, leathery, cedar and has evolved very nicely. Dark fruited and at times felt quite primary fruit a testament to the longevity of these wines. Herbal side too here. Silky tannin and drinks superbly now and most likely at peak. Another great late 90s Sassicaia . 94
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Red
1999 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
93 points
From magnum. A wine we consistently have been rating 95 over the past four years on this day ( maybe the magnum effect) felt a bit richer and more modern in a way. Cinnamon spice on the nose and quite on the forward side. 93 on the day but with a perplexed face...
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Red
2001 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
94 points
From Magnum. Our first encounter with the 2001 vintage could not have been a happier one. Dark red in color, looks like a baby. Leather on the nose, light spice (a lot less than the 99), leafy & herby. Good bright fruit , more on the primary side and definitely reminded as of top end Napa Cab. Good scidity, frshness to it and with lot of potential here. This needs a good 10yrs more of cellaring to hit peak. 94
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Red
2003 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
92 points
From Magnum.Better than 2 years ago ( Papies 90) but still a clear notch below the rest on this flight.
Dark in color, very young on the color side. For the vintage a solid wine, good rich feel but not overdone in any way. Definitely riper than the normal but in no way sweet or heavy and not one dimensional as we would have expected. Its only the finish that spoils it and leaves behind a sort of 2003 burnt fruit feel. Young wine still. 92
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Red
2005 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
94 points
From Magnum. Good dark youthful color but not inky and no purple edge. Lovely nose, open expressive and welcoming, herby, leather dark fruits. Energetic wine with very nice palate presence, solid length and with a savory character. Touch of baby fat richness on the finish but nothing the wine cannot handle. 94 and with lots of promise.
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Flight 2 - A new world approach? (2 notes)

Red
2007 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
93 points
From Magnum. The last vintage of Giacomo Tachis. Quite a classic vintage here. Dark color very youthful still. Violet, black fruits , light roast meat and spice. A touch new world in style. Young of course and only showing glimpses of what could end up being. Needs time. Solid 93 from both of us.
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Red
2009 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
93 points
From Magnum. Dark but not inky in color. Definitely very youthful. Light spice on the nose, less ripe feel on the nose, light cedar notes. Light floral too. A bit new world like on the palate, ripe fruit, red fruits too, lots of tannin ( not harsh though) and definitely with lots of ageing potential. A touch less on the acidity than other vintages. Silkier too. A bit too new world? 93 still :)
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Flight 3 - Back to the classic style but also catering to the earlier drinking crowd (3 notes)

Red
2011 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
95 points
From Magnum. Definitely has improved a lot since 2015 when we first cross paths with it and was almost disappointing. Dark, inky color. A lot darker than the usual Sassicaia and darker even than 2013 & 15. Very fresh and definitely fresher and less modern than the 2009. Just about entering its drinking window, softer and silkier than expected too. Young but very much approachable and frankly there is a bit of scribble of delicious next to the box where we were taking notes. Very good and a solid 95
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Red
2013 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
93 points
From Magnum. Young and dark in color (less than the 2011 though!) . Spice on the nose, fresh and youthful nose, light smoky too. Young for sure but approachable not forward but also not harsh and the tannin and acid felt polished. The longevity promise is there but this also (like the 2015) cater also to a younger drinking crowd too. 93
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Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
From magnum. From the celebrated vintage that 2015 was. Young and dark in color (less than the 2011 though!). Fattier, riper wine, ripe dark cherry nose. Heby too, there is lots of depth of flavor here and the palate presence promises a lot! Young for sure and not much value to rate but like the 2013 on the approachable side and albeit we would not call it forward the wine feels softer and polished. Like the 2013 we feel it also caters to a younger drinking crowd too. NR at this stage.
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