Monday, January 28, 2008

Review and Rating: ****+ $$$$$ Sassicaia, Vino da Tavola,Tenuta San Guido, 2004, Tuscany, Italy

This classic "super Tuscan" is primarly cabernet sauvignon with a touch of cabernet franc.

The color of this 2004 Sassicaia is mid red blood in the glass. Aromas are of fireplace and leather, accentuated with rivulets of currant.

On the palate, an intense, inky, mid-palate of deep, brooding, violet-tinged fruit emerges, wrapped in smooth, sleek, tannins. Exceptional, balanced finish. Four stars with a plus for balance. Just a tad shy of five stars - it is just a bit timid to meet the hurdle for me.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was certainly a fan of the 2004 Sassicaia, awarding 93 points and writing, "The 2004 Sassicaia is a lovely, understated effort. Medium in body, it presents nuanced layers of sweet dark fruit, licorice, menthol and toasted oak that gradually open onto a finely-knit frame of notable length. Today it appears to be quite reticent and still holding back much of its potential. Both bottles I sampled showed less vibrancy and freshness in both color and flavors than the other top 2004s I tasted alongside it, suggesting that the wine is still suffering from bottle shock."

Wine Spectator was also a fan, with 94 points and this write up: "Shows aromas of chocolate, currant and blackberry, with a hint of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied, with firm, velvety tannins and a long finish. Racy and very well-structured. Builds on the palate. Best after 2012."

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