Our fabulous Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia selection includes many vintages from 1998 to recent releases. Some are listed with us as single bottles, however we have many OWC’s available from our private client reserves and currently offering to registered account members of Landmark Vintage. The bottles and cases come from a life-long Italian wine collector who has one of Britain’s largest Italian collections, Gaja, Giacosa, Domenico, Conterno, Quintarelli, Ornellaia, Biondi Santi, Soldera, San Guido, Antinori… you name it… he’s got it! All immaculately kept too. Other non-Italian names from the overall collection include some nice vintages from Louis Jadot, Leflaive, Coche-Dury, Armand Rousseau and Francois Raveneau.
Here are some of the key highlights of our single vintages:
2001 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia
Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate January 2010, 96 Points
The 2001 Ornellaia (magnum) offers up violets, black cherries, minerals and earthiness in a big, structured style. The wine’s sheer intensity and thrust are nothing short of remarkable. Ideally, readers will give the 2001 another few years in bottle; as it is truly majestic stuff but will require patience. The 2001 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (70% new) prior to being lightly fined and bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026.
Daniel Thomases, Wine Advovate, April 2006, 96 Points
The 2001 Ornellaia is easily the finest in the history of the estate, warm and spicy on the nose with superbly focused plum and black currant fruit, much complexity and elegance in its concentrated and supple body, and a velvety, enveloping close.
It will easily drink well for another two decades.
Price £150.00 per bottle.
2005 Sassicaia. Two tasting reviews available.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate April 2017, 93 Points
The 2005 Bolgheri Sassicaia is more of an extrovert and a fast-burner. It is a reflection of a warm vintage and a more pronounced stylistic signature in terms of its winemaking approach. The effect is very beautiful, indeed, with dried cherry, plum, spice, tobacco and grilled herb. Yet, the overall messaging is focused on power and volume. The background music is hard to hear. Despite its opulence, there’s less dimension to behold. Brawn trumps finesse and dark fruit covers the ethereal aromas. It is well built, however, and should hold steady for the next ten years, if not more.
Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate June 2008, 93 Points
The 2005 Sassicaia is another strong effort from Tenuta San Guido. Medium in body, it reveals an understated, delicate expression of smoke, herbs, tobacco and sweet dark fruit. The wine possesses compelling harmony and a gorgeous sense of inner perfume that flows from start to finish. This is an outstanding showing in a very challenging vintage. Sassicaia is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc.
Price £140.00 per bottle.
2006 Sassicaia. Two tasting reviews available.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate April 2017, 96 Points
The Tenuta San Guido 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a timeless classic. This might just be the vintage to photograph in an encyclopedia entry for Sassicaia. This is especially true at this exact moment in its long and promising drinking window. The wine shows less volume compared to some of the more opulent vintages, but it absolutely excels in terms of length and finish. It offers amazing drive and momentum that are fueled by the extremely fine nature of the wine’s texture and the seamless unity of its flavors. It treads in light and delicate footsteps that will carry it far into the future. As they say in Italian: “Piano piano si va lontano” (slowly slowly you go far).
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate February 2010, 95 Points
Deeper colour than the ‘07, there is certainly more ripeness and roundness on the nose, with black olive, liquorice and a touch of umeboshi, all with exceptional definition. The palate is full-bodied with ripe black plum fruit interlaced with liquorice and a touch of spice. Very harmonious, very focused with wonderful delineation towards the fresh vibrant finish that shows immense structure and brio. I have a feeling that this may close up in a couple of years, but this is certainly a stunning Sassicaia. Tasted February 2010.
Price £150.00 per bottle.
2008 Sassicaia. Two reviews available.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate April 2017, 97 Points
The 2008 Bolgheri Sassicaia 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. Within the context of this retrospective, the 2008 vintage opens a new chapter, because it is the first wine to show evident tertiary definition and complexity. In fact, the wine performs beautifully with an exalted performance and ethereal aromas. They include cassis, wild berry, crushed mineral, licorice, petrol and grilled herb. This wine is really coming together now and is entering a very exciting moment in its drinking life. It boasts finesse, elegance and grace. Yet, it also shows unmistakable richness and structure that gives the wine an enormous presence in terms of mouthfeel. This was one of the top highlights of the retrospective.
Jancis Robinson, October 2010, 18.5 Points
Very intense purplish crimson. Intense, quite dry nose. Lots of rich, ripeness on the front palate. Much more intense than the 2007 but with the trademark dry finish. Will be bottled next month in Nov 2010. Extremely vibrant. Bit bigger than the 2007, with masses of structure. Latour-ish.
Price £120.00 per bottle.