Only one wine is produced at Tenuta San Guido in Bolgheri – Sassicaia. It is a blend of at least 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. About 15,000 cases are produced annually from low yielding vines coming from a few separate parcels on the estate. From the beginning the wines have been extraordinarily highly rated and the 2009 is no exception.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94
"The 2009 Sassicaia is unusually big, rich and opulent. Layers of fruit saturate the palate as the 2009 explodes from the glass with a heady melange of dark berries, plums, menthol, licorice and new leather. This is an especially racy Sassicaia... Sassicaia is arguably Italy's most famous wine, so it's always great when it lives up to its reputation..."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 97
Made from 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc. "Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry, cassis, lead pencil, violet and minerals, complicated by a superripe note of crushed raspberry. Extremely primary and pure, offering sharply defined cassis, violet and mineral flavors of great class. The perfectly integrated acidity and a vibrant floral character from the cabernet franc give the middle palate terrific lift. Though very ripe in its flavor profile, this wine conveys a rare lightness of touch that is typical of Sassicaia but rare for this vintage on the Tuscan Coast. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding palate-staining length. For all its creamy power and charm, I really like this wine's balance and the subtle delivery of its complex flavors."
Wine Spectator (WS): 93
"A tightly knit, dense red, full of black currant, cherry, herb and spice flavors. The tannins are aggressive now, but this is long and detailed, with an herb and spice aftertaste. A classy wine. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc..."
James Suckling (JS): 95
"Lots of plums and spices with dried blackberries, hints of cedar. Full and juicy with loads of fruit and a long finish. Racy, refined and balanced. Very fruity and intense."