Tenuta San Guido - Sassicaia 2008
Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia 2008 (93+ TSW)
85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc - Bolgheri.
Everyone know this iconinc wine from Italy. I drank several and this 2008 vintage is already very accessible. They also say that the 2008 vintage is a wine without a winemaker. The last vintage made by Giacomo Tachis was 2007 and incoming enologist Graziana Grassini claims 2009 as her first vintage.
The soils on which the vineyards insist have various morphological characteristics composite with strong presence of limestone areas rich in galestro and stones epartially clayey; are located at an altitude of between 100 and 300 meters amsl, with exposure to the west / south-west.
Vinification in steel at controlled temperature. About two weeks of maceration on the skins, with various pumping over and delestages. Malolactic in steel.The wine is passed in French oak barriques for 24 months. Before being marketed the wine is aged for a period in glass.
After drinking some beautiful wines at vinoandfriends restaurant we decided to pick a final bottle from the cellar. So we had no time to decanter but after 10 minutes in the glass the blend opened up nicely.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of black cherries, ripe dark plums and blackberries with hints of chocolate, tobacco, spices, flowers and cedar.
On the palate dry, beautifully balanced with medium+ intensity, medium+ acidity and medium tannins. Flavours are a recall of the nose with extra flavours of cassis, pencil shavings and leather hints. The finish is great and persistent. Still young but very nice!!