#1 Wine of 2018: Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015


This is Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015, Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year. It all began as a passion project with the vision of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, wanted to reproduce a Bordeaux-style wine in his farm in Tuscany in
Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. So he planted a vineyard way up in the hills
about a thousand feet elevation and he started making wine. He enlisted his
nephew Piero Antinori to introduce Sassicaia to the world and they did that
with the 1968 vintage. So along with Piero Antinori came his enologist, Giacomo Tachis. Tachis suggested that they plant more Cabernet, in doing so they also moved
further down the hill and closer to the sea and they planted a few more
vineyards—Hill Crescione and then eventually in an area called Sassicaia
and which the wine is named after. Bolgheri at the time was planted mostly
to Sangiovese and some white trebbiano grapes, but was not really a wine
producing area, and Sassicaia was the wine that launched Bolgheri as a wide
region. It inspired many others to come and plant grapes and especially Bordeaux
varieties. In 2015, the weather was hot, the grapes got very ripe, beautiful,
healthy grapes. So this wine is really more expressive
than Sassicaia usually is in its youth. There’s a lot of black cherry, black
currant flavors, violet even. The story of Sassicaia is about passion, it’s one
man’s vision helped along by some of Italy’s iconic vintners. Combined with the
success of the 2015 vintage and 50 years after the original release of the
1968, Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 is Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year.

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