Sassicaia, meaning “place of many stones”, was the first wine produced in Tuscany with Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1968 the first bottle produced was commercially released as an IGT and became known as ‘Super Tuscan’. Due to the quality of the wines produced in the region, the Bolgheri DOC was finally approved 26 years later.
With a hot and long Summer, the 2011 vintage was truly exceptional for Bolgheri and is considered one of the best vintages since 2000. Made with 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 % Cabernet Franc, it spends 24 months in French oak barrels. Classy, well balanced and long-lasting.
“Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy mid palate… Best from 2017 through 2030.”– 95 Wine Spectator, August 2014
“Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length.” – 94 James Suckling, May 2014
Italian still red wine from Bolgheri in Tuscany Italy made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Sassicaia, produced at Tenuta San Guido, was the first Super Tuscan wine ever made. In the 1920’s, the young Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta dreamt of producing a ‘thoroughbred’ of the wine world. When Mario arrived in the Bolgheri area in the 1940s, he recognised similarities in climate and soil between Bordeaux and the coastal vineyards of Bolgheri, firmly believing that Cabernet Sauvignon could reach the same exalted heights there as Bordeaux Grand Cru Classes. He started to experiment with French grape varieties, and results from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were so good he decided to focus on this variety alongside Merlot, something completely new in Tuscany at the time. For 19 years this revolutionary wine was kept hidden at the Tenuta San Guido estate for the consumption of friends and family. The Marchese finally released the first Sassicaia, meaning “place of many stones”, commercially in 1968 as an IGT. In the 1990’s this reputation was consolidated when Sassicaia was awarded its own DOC of Bolgheri Sassicaia. It is still the only Italian wine from a single estate to have a DOC of its own. View our selection.
The 90 hectares of vines are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. The first wine is usually aged in French oak barrels for 24 months, followed by a few more months in the bottle.
Three wines are produced at Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, the second wine Guidalberto and the third wine Le Difese.