Tenuta San Guido   Sassicaia

2004 Sassicaia

By Tenuta San Guido

2004 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Superiore, Italy

The exceptional 2004 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido triumphantly encapsulates the dramatic atmospheric conditions of the vintage year, charming the palate with an exemplary demonstration of Bolgheri terroir.


A Celebration of a Challenging Vintage

While 2004 presented considerable challenges across Italy, the iconic Tenuta San Guido estate emerged victorious, producing a stunning Sassicaia that showcases its ironclad resilience. A temperate spring followed by a warm summer allowed for steadfast grape maturation, which, after receiving expert care, resulted in beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc berries. This climatic joust forged a wine boasting an idiosyncratic fusion of potency and elegance.

The remarkable nature of this vintage lies in its uniquely nuanced expression, shaped by its turbulent journey from vine to bottle—an impressive testament to the enduring prowess of this illustrious estate.


An Oenophile's Investment

When it comes to fine wines from Italy, the 2004 Sassicaia is certainly an appealing proposition for savvy investors. An amalgam of unparalleled quality and significant appreciation potential positions this Bolgheri sensation as a frontline contender for fortifying one's wine portfolio. Resourceful corroboration of longevity and enological dexterity shine through every sip.

Coupled with Tenuta San Guido's legendary reputation, this fine wine investment promises the pursuance of retrospective pleasure as it gracefully ages.


2004 Sassicaia: The Pinnacle of Graceful Power

The 2004 Sassicaia transmits a kaleidoscope of intricate flavours. Blackberry and dried currants intertwine with striking notes of Mediterranean herbs and graphite, underpinned by a velvety tannic structure and an inimitable freshness. It finishes with an echo of Tuscan minerality, leaving a lasting impression. This symbiosis of tasted ingredients paints an awe-inspiring picture of the Bolgheri landscape, rendering the 2004 vintage a remarkable embodiment of Tenuta San Guido's wine-making philosophy.

In the cantina of fine wines from Italy, the 2004 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido is not just another bottle. It is the embodiment of resilience, sophistication and potential—one that every discerning wine investor should consider adding to their collection.

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This was an epic vintage in Tuscany, but our samples did not live up to that promise. The 2004 Bolgheri Sassicaia opened to ripe and slightly oxidized aromas of candied fruit, prune, apricot, dried tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. When I last tasted this wine, I noted its "retro" stylistic philosophy with a strong emphasis on richness and opulence. I wonder if that loud approach has contributed to the wine's diminished intensity today? Or perhaps our samples were not perfect? The bottom line is that this proved a well-integrated wine, but a bit flat and downtrodden as well.

Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2017

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