Country: Italy Region: Tuscany
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2015 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Tenuta San Guido
Tenuta San Guido has compared Sassicaia 2015 with its celebrated 1985 vintage, which has previously been named a Decanter Wine Legend. The 2015 is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.
2018 is a significant anniversary for Sassicaia, being exactly half a century since its first vintage burst onto the global market, back in 1968 as the first Super Tuscan.
That first vintage catapulted Sassicaia into the fine wine firmament, where it has remained ever since, gaining its own DOC in 1994.
Once again, Decanter was very privileged to meet with Tenuta San Guido’s Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta in London yesterday and taste the very latest 2015 vintage from the famed Bolgheri estate before it is released for sale.
According to Priscilla the vintage warmer than both 2014 and 2016 and provided textbook conditions for an excellent Sassicaia.
‘It was actually an easy vintage. Following a mild winter, we had heavy rain in the spring and then a hot summer with a little rain in August that refreshed the vines.
‘In September we were able to harvest perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. In many ways, the vintage was actually quite similar to the legendary 1985. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the 2015 will turn out quite as well. But naturally, we are very happy with the result.’
Always exciting to taste this icon wine on release, none more so than in block buster quality years like 2015. First bottled commercially in 1968, this 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc blend comes from vineyards at 100 to 400 metres altitude, planted in soils rich in limestone and clay. The aromatics are instantly noticeable for their deeper, darker, riper, broodier fruit profile. Fairly closed and tight on opening, the perfume is a little shy but you can sense the depth and complexity waiting to emerge from beneath. So many notes of pithy black cherries, black currant, leafy black plum and a sappy, resinous fragrance from the Cabernet Franc component. The oaking is almost imperceptible, allowing the fruit and mineral terroir notes to take centre stage. The palate shows beautiful poise, elegance and harmonious balance, framing the red and black berry fruits with incredibly dense, creamy, velvety tannins. The acids are fresh and vibrant, embroidering the palate and keeping it crystalline and vital. Beautifully complex at this youthful stage, it remains imposing yet light on its feet, concentrated but energetic and pure. With such depth of fruit, intense structure and graphite minerality, this vintage looks set for a very long and distinguished road of evolution. A really outstanding effort. Drink from 2022 to 2045+