Additional Wine Notes
Because we are regularly asked Sassicaia vintage recommendations, we thought it worth putting them into some kind of order in terms of quality for current drinking.
Vintages not really drinking so well yet (but worth having in the cellar): 2018, 2014, 2017.
Immature vintages (try one, keep the rest for a while): 2016, 2011, 2015, 2010, 2013, 2012.
Mature vintages (probably at peak): 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2007, 2000, 2009, 2002.
Declining vintages (perfect for those who like maturity but losing a little fruit): 1985, 1995, 1998, 1982, 1997, 1993, 1978.
In their sunset years (principally of academic interest now): 1990, 1988, 1975, 1968, 1987, 1996, 1999, 1994, 1993, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1984, 1976.
Please don’t be mean to us if we’ve said that your favourite vintage isn’t great and please bear in mind that the older vintages tend to suffer from some bottle variation.
(We try to keep things up to date but please bear in mind that the steep recent rise in prices mean that we can’t afford to try Sassicaia vintages as often as we’d like!)
The beginning of the Super Tuscan, or so the story goes: in the mid 1940’s Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted at the Sassicaia estate in an attempt to produce a better quality Italian wine by blending it with the indigenous Sangiovese. The first commercial release in 1971 was a success and the Sassicaia name has remained synonymous with top end Super Tuscans ever since.
The vineyards are almost entirely planted with Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and some local Sangiovese. The Cabernet Franc goes into Sassicaia (around 15% of the blend, the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon), the Merlot into Guidalberto (around 40% of the blend), and the Sangiovese into Le Difese (around 30% of the blend), making them very different wines and not different quality levels of a similar wine, altough the backbone of all three is Cabernet Sauvignon.
2006 was an excellent vintage in Tuscany
Other 2006 Bolgheri DOC
Other vintages of Sassicaia
Other wines from Tenuta San Guido
2005 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £340
2007 Sassicaia Bolgheri (37.5cl): £180
2010 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £335
2012 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £295
2013 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £360
2014 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £270
2015 Le Difese: £33
2016 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £580
2017 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £275
2018 Sassicaia Bolgheri: £315
2018 Le Difese: £27
2019 Guidalberto: £37
2020 Guidalberto: £49
2020 Le Difese: £34