Tenuta San Guido   Sassicaia

1998 Sassicaia

By Tenuta San Guido

1998 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido, Italy

There are few vintages from the heartlands of Italian viticulture that stir the senses and provide wistful reminiscence like the 1998 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido, a golden year in the long annals of fine wines. What made 1998 stand out was a perfect confluence of idyllic weather conditions, exceptional vineyard management, and visionary winemaking prowess.


A Vintage Marked by Nature's Generosity

In ‘98, Tuscany was gifted with an exceptional growing season characterized by a mild spring and a hot, dry summer. It produced what could only be described as a voluptuously ripe fruit flavour profile, with an enigmatic balance between boldness and elegance - a characteristic solidifying 1998 Sassicaia’s unique place in a fine wine investor's portfolio.

Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido has already cemented its reputation as one of Italy’s most iconic producers. Yet the ‘98 vintage emerged with renewed vigour, making its mark as one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Italy’s vinous heritage.


Sensing the Soul of the 1998 Sassicaia

Unveiling a rich tapestry of dark cherry and blackcurrant notes interlaced with nuances of spice and sweet tobacco, 1998 Sassicaia displays extraordinary complexity and depth. The merlot brings softness and splendour, while the heart of cabernet sauvignon gifts it its sturdy backbone and longevity — a testament to winemaking prowess at Tenuta San Guido.

With time, this impeccable rendering becomes even more beguiling as this investment-worthy specimen opens up to reveal secondary layers of truffle and earth - a significant sensory journey ensues.


The Enduring Appeal of 1998 Sassicaia

A testament to Italian viniculture mastery, the 1998 Sassicaia stands tall in the pantheon of Italy’s finest wines. It simply exemplifies the power and promise that comes with a well-aged Sassicaia—an undeniable gem in any wine investor’s collection.

Aging has only emboldened its nuance and sophistication, making it not just an investment, but a testament to the timeless potential of fine wines from Italy. Its enduring appeal lies in its ability to not only withstand the test of time but to emerge even more irresistible, sealing its place as an investment-worthy vintage.

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The 1998 Bolgheri Sassicaia presents an interesting challenge and counter position. It feels like it is traveling at two speeds. On first nose, you are reminded of its age thanks to oxidized tones of dried spice, cumin, cured meat and bresaola. Despite the wine's clearly evolved state, it also bursts forth with an impressive charge of dark fruit integrity, fullness and freshness. Lingering mineral tones add polished elegance and a sense of delineated grace that is memorable and ultimately very beautiful. Those marine tones appear throughout the texture of this wine like a delicate embroidery. If the wine appears huddled and hunched down on first approach, you find that it suddenly stands tall and glorious after a few quick swirls of the glass.

Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2017

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