Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018
The vintage that was released this time last year in the flesh, was a textbook example of how a great wine can still be made in a difficult vintage. Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018, on the other hand is how a masterpiece can be made.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. A medium ruby-red; the aromatics are beautiful and elegantly perfumed, a bit shy at so young an age but, with time in the glass, it slowly reveals red plum and blossom and a green tea leaf character with a subtle menthol lift; the palate is really something and true to the finest Sassicaia – the wine is fleet of foot and glides effortlessly across the palate, with such wonderful balance and precision.
Each drop contains a myriad of flavours of blue and black fruits, a touch of earth, touch of cream, the velvety ripe tannins helping to give the wine structure and stony intensity. Surprisingly approachable now this will probably be drinking well when the wine celebrates its centenary.
The 2018 spent 19 months in oak, two thirds new, which is a tad more than normal, although the oak is almost imperceptible. 250-270,000 bottles produced.
2018 was a fresh vintage with lots of rainfall and many days in August where the temperature dropped below average. The result was that the fruit had more hang-time with harvest taking place 7-10 days later than normal. In the Sassicaia 2018 this slow phenolic ripeness has resulted in greater complexity and brighter acidity than were evident in the 2017 and are hallmarks of a spectacular wine.