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1996 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Bolgheri
  • Bolgheri Sassicaia
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Community Tasting Notes 68

  • Jason Wu Likes this wine: 98 points

    December 4, 2021 - Vertical tasting at Terroir Renaissance Sassicaia masterclass with Ian D’Agata. Had the pleasure to try 96 vintage along with 99, 01, 02, 04, 06 and 16, plus 5 different vintages of Guidalberto.
    What’s in common are that all wines were in supreme condition as they were coming from the winery directly. All wines taste much younger than what the vintage appear to be.
    96 was my favourite among all vintages, which was a little surprising given it was generally considered a cool, rainy vintage comparing to a stronger year say 99. However, the wine showed great tertiary notes of wet leaves, earth, toast with vibrant fruits of blackcurrant, red cherry and mulberry. The aroma was constantly evolving with every swirl. The flavours were fresh and lively on the palate. The tannins were silky but still provided great structure. The intensity was pronounced and very precisely well defined. The finish is very long and keep lingering. Comparing hotter and bigger year, such as 01, 02, I tend to enjoy the cooler vintage more as there’s an elegance behind the power and intensity of Sassicaia. A truly superb wine!
    My top 3 of the night was 96, 06 and 99, followed by 16 which obviously requires a lot of years to reveal itself!

  • danckie wrote: 93 points

    November 28, 2021 - Beautiful wine. Aged well. Balanced, soft tannins. Gentle dark fruit, spices, a hint of balsamic vinegar and some earthiness which went really well with truffle pasta, egg yolk and scallops.

  • jmoon wrote: 94 points

    September 3, 2021 - Decanted an hour. Needed it. Very classic old school left bank leather armchair vibe. Was hoping for forest floor etc. prefer younger vintages.

    Update… ok so I popped 250ml with no O2 into the fridge… 2 days later after v slow ox with the residual o2 absorbed into the wine and … lovely dark and plush. What a turnaround. I’m amazed.

    Based on this I’d recommend a 3 hour decant minimum.

  • KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

    September 4, 2020 - RieslingKenner-Scharzhofberger study (Oceanique, Evanston IL): Nose: This was served blind and right away it showed off a lot of Old world Cabernet hallmarks of herbs, savory notes, red cherries, licorice, tobacco, cranberries, roses, mint, and spice tones. There was excellent depth and it was abundantly clear that there was at least 20+ years of age as the tones were in beautiful harmony.

    Taste: The feel is full bodied with medium acidity and silky, medium+ tannins. The maturity on the nose carried through on the palate with red cherries, herbs, savory notes, cranberries, licorice, tobacco, roses, and spice tones.

    Overall: This was blinded and I went to late-80s left bank and something like Saint-Julien. It being from Bolgheri didn’t cross my mind, but, oh well! This was gorgeous and drinking beautifully with loads of charm and depth.

  • maaike2 wrote: 92 points

    August 6, 2020 - Smooth and charming as always, also at this age. A touch of earthiness, spices and mocca, nice acids, good length.

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  • By Jane Anson
    Anson on Thursday: Tasting Sassicaia, 11/24/2016 (link)

    (Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2010, Issue #30 (link)

    (Sassicaia) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    2/16/2010 (link)

    (Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/31/2005 (link)

    (San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/14/2002 (link)

    (San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Daniel Thomases
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91 (link)

    (Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tenuta San Guido
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Sassicaia
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Bolgheri
  • Appellation Bolgheri Sassicaia
  • UPC Codes 084692492008, 8013761138662

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,269 (69%)
  • Consumed 575 (31%)

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