1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia - 750ml

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1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia -100 Pts!

Tenuta San Guido is much better known by the name of its most famous wine..... Sassicaia. It is located in the Tuscan region of Maremma, and is has its own single-estate DOC appellation (Bolgheri Sassicaia) applied to its flagship label.

Sassicaia, one of the original Super Tuscan wines, is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. It is known for its supple texture, elegance and perfume.

The grapes that go into Sassicaia are picked just before they reach full ripeness, which contributes to finesse and fragrance as well as a lower alcohol levels. After two weeks' fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged for around 24 months in French oak barrels of which around 20 percent of which are new.

       


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1985
Rating 100 RP/99WS
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location
Producer San Guido
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - Oddly enough, the 1985 Sassicaia was the wine least commented during the conversations that followed this retrospective. Our panel consisted of some two dozen professional wine tasters from around the world, and virtually not a word was uttered with regards to this wine. That's how truly outstanding it is. The soaring beauty of this landmark Sassicaia literally transcends the rather mundane realm of wine critique with its string of adjectives and wearisome descriptors. It hardly deserves to be treated like any of the other gorgeous wines we tasted on this glorious day. In truth, the 1985 Sassicaia does reveal a new perspective onto its perfection each time you have the fortune to taste it. I noticed a layer of bright almond-like sweetness that I don't recall tasting before. The wine seems to be getting younger, not older. Even its appearance is remarkable. Of the various samples presented from the 1980s, this wine exhibited the brightest garnet color and the most youthful personality. It shows stunning volume. The integration is seamless and the wine's many complicated pieces fit together with utmost precision like a jigsaw puzzle that renders a most beautiful Italian masterpiece when admired at completion.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator 99WS - 1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia -100 Pts! I had this wine in a blind tasting - I have had it frequently, and have never failed to give it a perfect rating. At the same time, I have often mis-identified it in blind tastings as the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild. In this tasting, the wine was phenomenal. The color remains an opaque purple. The bouquet is beginning to develop secondary aromas of cedar and truffles to go along with its intense cassis, black-raspberry, blackberry, tarry, toasty personality. Exceptionally dense, concentrated, and full-bodied, this wine possesses layers of concentrated fruit that are beautifully balanced by the wine's sweet tannin and well-integrated acidity. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. A monumental Cabernet Sauvignon, it is one of the greatest wines made this century. Tasting after tasting continues to confirm this wine's surreal level of quality. Despite being 11 years old, it remains youthful. My best guess for when it will reach full maturity is between 2000-2025. What a wine! RP Unreal for its sheer hedonistic quality. Oozes rich and ripe fruit and sweet wood character but doesn't taste overripe. Loaded with cassis and mineral flavors backed by tar and spice. Much thicker and darker in color than the '88 which is more elegant. In its history the winery has made no other Sassicaia with such massive tannins yet the texture of the wine is supple. Made from very small yields. Tempting now.--Sassicaia vertical. Best after 2004. WS

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1985
Rating 100 RP/99WS
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location
Producer San Guido
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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