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Jancis Robinson MW is Beguiled by Tenuta San Guido Wines

July 24, 2013
"Does my working life get any better than this? No it does not."—Jancis Robinson, MW

Recently, Jancis Robinson documented her lunch at Tenuta San Guido on her website, JancisRobinson.com. Ms. Robinson was part of a group of trade people and journalists who had lunch at Castiglioncello of Bolgheri, a medieval castle on a hilltop at 400 meters elevation, located on the Tenuta San Guido property. A gourmet lunch was served, along with six vintages of Sassicaia, four vintages of the estate’s second wine, Guidalberto and a few other wines from the Incisa della Rocchetta family wineries in Sardinia and Argentina.

Jancis was enchanted by “magnums of Sassicaia, including the 1985. Does my working life get any better than this? No it does not.” She rated Sassicaia 1985 a perfect 20/20 points, and gave both the 2001 and 1998 near-perfect 19/20 scores. On Guidalberto, Jancis offered, “I was impressed, not least by the value this ‘Sassicaia baby brother’ offers.”

(From Tasting Notes)

San Guido, Sassicaia 1985 Bolgheri Sassicaia 20 Drink 1995-2030
Magnum. Amazing depth of colour and luminosity. So sweet and robust. Rather out of the mainstream line of finesse, but so delicious – and apparently indestructible. So wonderful I just lost myself in it rather than writing a tasting note.

San Guido, Sassicaia 2001 Bolgheri Sassicaia 19 Drink 2010-2025
Magnum. The first bottle had slight TCA. Wonderful lustrous ruby. Beautiful. Perfect balance. Very clean and stunningly fresh. Yes! Some tannin. Neat. Same sort of build as 2006. Tea leaves and life. Racy and fresh. Almost minty. Great stuff.

San Guido, Sassicaia 1998 Bolgheri Sassicaia 19 Drink 2008-2030
Magnum. Serious, savoury, dense. Sturdy. But so refreshing. Vibrant and top quality by any measure. Zing!

San Guido, Guidalberto 2009 IGT Toscana 17.5 Drink 2012-2018
Magnum. Dark crimson. Super fresh for the wine and the vintage. Lots of acidity. (They pick early.) Nicely melded. Maybe just a hint of oak.

San Guido, Guidalberto 2011 IGT Toscana 17 Drink 2014-2021
Much deeper crimson than Difese. Lively and fresh. Relatively light and contains some younger vine produce that may eventually go into Sassicaia. Round and Merlot juicy. Well balanced. Good stuff.
€30-35 in restaurants.

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