2017 Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido Tuscany B03 - Italy Red

St Barth’s Wine

The legacy of Sassicaia began in 1944 when Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge.

This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965 when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, " the place of many stones ". With the radical changes in the D.O.C. system of regulations as of the 1994 vintage, Sassicaia's extraordinary reputation was acknowledged through the Italian government's granting the wine its own appellation.

Sassicaia is today considered to be the new plus ultra of Italy's great red wines for its consistent excellence and its intuitive spirit. Grape blend: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc

The powerful yet incredibly delicate wine delivers mature, elegant tannins, exquisite fruitiness, and outstanding length on the palate.

Even young, it is appealing. It has the advantage that it can be drunk early, but has excellent cellaring potential, which is rare for Italian wine.

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