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2005 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Bolgheri
  • Bolgheri Sassicaia
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Community Tasting Notes 103

  • Collector1855 wrote: 95 points

    January 1, 2022 - Better than my last showing. This was very popular with the dinner group. Expressive and rich nose of gingerbread, dark fruit, vanilla, spices. Generous on the palate with good tannins buffering the mix. A bit too much oak for my liking. The only downside of this wine was that it did decline rather fast after opening.

  • Motz wrote: 93 points

    November 16, 2021 - Tasted over two days.

    At 16 years in, already within the 'no great wines, only great bottles' bracket. Leaner than expected, even a touch thin, with Cabernet Sauvignon markers, sweet herbs, eucalyptus, and fine minerality. Strikingly high-pitched, and light on middle and bass substance. No change on the second day.

    Technically excellent, but a bit of a let down, particularly compared to the rounded and balanced 2004 vintage.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Morrisson Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 15, 2021 - Vin d’une qualité exceptionnelle qui a encore beaucoup de vigueur. L’équilibre est au rendez-vous avec encore une belle trame de fruit, une grande amplitude en bouche et beaucoup de complexité. C’est puissant sans être lourd!

  • dannyg wrote: 96 points

    April 23, 2021 - Excellent wine, in fact it should be 98, except that I was too eager to drink it and did not decant it - keeps evolving and gets jammier and integrated. Ripe black fruits, with flowers, oak / cedar, tobacco. Hint of roast, chocolate and tar...amazing flavours exploding over. decent 30-sec finish. DECANT please at least 2-h. I would have given higher rating.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jfkwines wrote: 91 points

    December 5, 2020 - Opened and given air in bottle for 4+ hours, not decanted. Part of a multi bottle dinner, passed around a good bit. I felt the edges were showing a it of age, but then the wine tasted so tight and young . Hints of tobacco and leather led to ending tannins and tight ness that opened up further in the fifth hour and with dinner. I feel this is a wine to pair with Bisteca florentine or a big roast. But I do think the window might be a bit longer

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Decanter

  • By Michaela Morris
    Tuscan Vintages to drink now, 6/15/2019 (link)

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

  • By Jane Anson
    JA Sassicaia Vertical, 10/26/2016 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2005 Tuscany – Ten Years Later (Dec 2015), 12/1/2015 (link)

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

WineAlign

  • By John Szabo, MS
    7/6/2009 (link)

    (Sassicaia, Doc Bolgheri Sassicaia red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/6/2009 (link)

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

WineAlign

  • By David Lawrason
    1/15/2009 (link)

    (Sassicaia, Doc Bolgheri Sassicaia red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Tuscany: The Best of 2005 and 2006 (Jun 2008) (link)

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

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Grange And Sassicaia 24 Hours Of Decanting Later, Episode #507, 7/23/2008 (link) 93+ points

    (Sassicaia) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-minty (Junior Mints); some black cherry components; some Maraschino cherry juice; TASTE-still very youthful; great attack (bright fruit, lavender); good, firm tannins on the back-end; this is a monstrous wine; will last 20-30 years in your cellar; one of the better Sassicaia's that I've had in 4-5 years; some nice cranberry on the back-end; some nice spices; many Bordeaux fans would like this (has complexities, roundness & good fruit -- the good fruit reminds me of the Right bank merlot based wines, but has the structure and grip of the Left Bank); this is a really nice bottle of wine; a little more open than yesterday and hasn't lost anything; has the grip, balance & structure to ROCK for 25-35 years; AG-93; GV-93+

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    An Exciing Day: Contest Winners, Ustream and Wine, Episode #506, 7/22/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Sassicaia) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-beautiful; eucalyptus / mint component; heavy black licorice (Ricola); TASTE-big firm tannins; great structure; love the black fruit coming through (Plum skin); brick dust; licorice; exceptionally intense; big & bold flavors; tons of fruit; very well made; great dark tannins; dark chocolate coming through on the back-end; this is a very seductive wine; I really like this; brings ENORMOUS thunder; great structure; great classic and subtle earth and dust components; explosively elegant; far superior to the last 4 vintages; will evolve nicely over the next 10-12 years; AG-93; GV-93

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 Code 084692492008

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 75 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,314 (73%)
  • Consumed 1,525 (26%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

homemade gnocci bolognese, roast rack of lamb

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