2020 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Sassicaia DOC, Bolgheri, Tuscana, Italy – WS 97, JS 97, WA 96

2020 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Sassicaia DOC, Bolgheri, Tuscana, Italy – WS 97, JS 97, WA 96



Italy and Tuscany’s most iconic, coveted, collectible wine and “art” piece!  The original “SuperTuscan”, even before Antinori’s Tignanello.  Every vintage consistently receives fabulous high ratings.  The 2020 was awarded double 97s from Wine Spectator and James Suckling, and 96 points from Wine Advocate!  This time the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Always stringently allocated. Price is again $300.

“Complex aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry, iron, sweet tobacco and Mediterranean herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant, tensile red, which is already revealing plenty, yet still feels reserved, as though there were many more facets to be discovered. Superb harmony and freshness prevail, ending with a long aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2026 through 2045.” – 97 points, Wine Spectator

“A very perfumed Sassicaia on the nose with forest floor, citrus and deep dark fruits. Blackcurrants. Cedar and black tea. Some balsamic. Pine needles. Full and very succulent. Really long, structured and complete. Tangy and energetic with a linear line of fresh tannins and acidity. Very Sassicaia throughout. 85% cabernet sauvignon and the rest is cabernet franc. Very attractive now in a youthful and vibrant way, but this will be better in three to four years. Try after 2027.” – 97 points, James Suckling

“The Tenuta San Guido 2020 Bolgheri Sassicaia speaks to those who seek a more voluptuous, opulent and, ultimately, more accessible wine. This vintage is a precise reflection of Coastal Tuscany, as opposed to a more generic “Tuscan” wine from elsewhere in this large central Italian region. You taste the ripeness and soft fruit weight that comes from a coastal appellation with especially bright luminosity and warm Mediterranean offshore breezes. Sassicaia from the cool vintages is a famously reticent or withholding wine in its earliest years, requiring a long lead time before it eases into an ideal drinking window. That’s definitely not the case here. This wine is beautiful and compelling straight out of the gate, showing a lovely mix of dark fruit, oak spice, balanced freshness, textural richness, soft tannins and an expertly contained 14% alcohol content. The wine’s immediate character is what distinguishes this vintage, and I wouldn’t get too fussed by exaggerated cellar-aging ambitions. The wine awards sheer pleasure in its current form, with dazzling primary fruit and soaring intensity over the near and medium term.” – 96 points, Wine Advocate