Tenuta San Guido   Sassicaia

1990 Sassicaia

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1990 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido

The 1990 Sassicaia from the renowned Tenuta San Guido offers a transcendent exploration into both vintage and regional intricacies that define prime Italian viticulture. This opulent wine is a testament to the grandeur of the sun-kissed vineyards in Bolgheri, an exceptional subregion lending its name to some of Italy's finest wines.


The allure of a captivating vintage

The 1990 vintage was one marked by the juxtaposition of climatic conditions, earning it notoriety within wine realms. The year began with a seemingly challenging cold and moist winter, continuing into an unseasonably cool spring. However, come summer, conditions were supremely favorable, overseeing a long, hot growing season that coaxed the Cabernet vines into yielding perfectly matured grapes, deep in flavour and rich in tannins.

It is this compelling balance of elements which has contributed to the exceptional longevity of the 1990 Sassicaia; an investable asset within wine portfolios due to its billed ageing potential.


A testament to Tenuta San Guido's prowess

Imbued with the quintessential expressions of its native terrain, this Sassicaia is a fine example of Tenuta San Guido's unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. Sweeping aromas of dark cherries and ripe blackberries intermingle with delicate floral undertones and a distinguishing hint of Mediterranean herbs – a nod to the Tuscan landscape that forms its epicurean backdrop.

The palate brims with velvety layers of wild berries and mature plum notes, skilfully punctuated with spicy nuances of sandalwood and liquorice, alluding to its extended time spent in French oak barrels.


Resounding resilience and timeless grace

Every sip of the 1990 Sassicaia echoes an enduring applause for the vintage's resiliency, personifying longevity through its ever-evolving palate. This is not just wine; it's a narrative that unfolds with time, woven meticulously with threads of flavour, structure, and elegance.

Akin to a perfectly orchestrated symphony, the layers of this luxurious icon unfold harmoniously, with each note singing praises of a momentous italian vintage and the deft craftsmanship of Tenuta San Guido. Collectors entrusting in the surety of ‘the world's most celebrated Cabernet’ will find their faith rewarded tenfold, making the 1990 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido a compelling contender for those seeking to diversify their investment portfolio with fine wines from Italy.

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This is a beautiful wine that has passed the test of time with flying colors. The 1990 Sassicaia is a thrilling expression that opens to succulent darkness and deep layers of ripe fruit opulence. Dried blackberry, plum and black currant keep the fruit profile high. Background notes of cumin, exotic spice and cured tobacco add power and weight. Lighter tones of balsam herb and crushed mineral are important components of the wine's elegance. The mouthfeel is structured and richly textured, but balanced by its acidity. Back when Robert Parker first reviewed this wine in 1994, he predicted that it would last through the first decade of the 21st century. Given how well the wine is showing now, it's safe to extend that drinking window even further.

Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2017

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