2020 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia
Harvest year details
The year 2020 was a special one for Tenuta San Guido. The autumn was damp with abundant rainfall occurring from mid-October and lasting until the end of December. Temperatures were quite mild and sometimes even above the seasonal average. In February, the intense cold has arrived, with temperatures dropping to almost 0°C. March started with strong sea winds and rain, but with mild temperatures that contributed to the enlargement of the buds, especially of the early varieties such as Merlot. At the end of March, a disturbance from Russia caused a clear drop in temperatures with northerly winds and even some frost at night. These weather conditions caused no damage to the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. April and May were mild with alternating sunny days and average seasonal temperatures. A somewhat unusual spring that caused no damage to the vines. After mid-June the climate recovered, with sunny and warm days lasting until harvest time, with the exception of some interruptions of precipitation in July and August. The ripening of the grapes took place about 7 to 8 days earlier than normal and the beautiful sunny days ensured that the grapes were fully ripe quickly. The grapes, although with a higher sugar content, arrived in the cellar healthy and of excellent quality.
The soils have varied and complex characteristics with a strong presence of limestone, areas rich in marl and pebbles, and partly clay. They are located at an altitude between 100 and 400 meters above sea level, with a west, south-west orientation. The manual harvest started in the first week of September with the grapes from the younger vineyards, starting with the Cabernet Franc and then continued with the Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyards at lower altitudes, ending in the last week of September with those on the hills located more than 300 meters above sea level (Vigna di Castiglioncello and Vigna del Quercione).
Selection of the grapes via a sorting table, to eliminate impurities and any presence of imperfections. Gentle pressing and destemming of the grapes, preserving the integrity of the berries and avoiding excessive transfer of tannins. The alcoholic fermentation (completely spontaneous and without the addition of external yeasts) was completed at the end of October and carried out regularly at controlled temperatures of up to 27-28 °C. Regular distillation and pumping over ensured excellent aromatic extraction and freshness in terms of acidity of the must. The malolactic fermentations took place in steel at the end of November. In the first week of December, after frequent decanting to clean the must, the wine was placed in oak barriques. At the end of malolactic fermentation, the wine was placed in barriques containing 45% new wood, 45% first passage and 10% second passage. Sassicaia 2020, after more than 25 months of aging in wood, was decanted into steel tanks before final blending and subsequent bottling. Then aged in the bottle before being put on the market.
The highly perfumed Sassicaia opens quickly and gives a beautiful mix of forest floor, deep dark fruit, herbs, black tea and balsamic vinegar on the nose. The wine has a special freshness, texture and soft tannins. This Sassicaia is concentrated, spicy and energetic with a fine acidity. It consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest is Cabernet Franc. Now very attractive in a youthful and lively way, but this will only really show itself in 3 to 4 years.
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Tenuta San Guido was founded in the 1940s by Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta. The marchese was inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, especially those made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In 1944 he planted these varieties in the Bolgheri, an area not traditionally associated with wine production at the time.
Terroir of Tenuta San Guido
The estate is located in Maremma on the Tuscan coast. The Tyrrhenian Sea provides a unique microclimate that is favorable for grape growing. Tenuta San Guido covers over 2,500 hectares, of which approximately 90 hectares (approximately 222 hectares) are devoted to vineyards. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and other varieties. The soil of Tenuta San Guido, located between 60 and 400 meters above sea level, is partly clayey with diverse morphological characteristics, including limestone-rich areas with Alberese, Gabbro and stone. The climate is unique, with hills from Bibbona to Castagneto offering protection from northeasterly winds. In summer the sea cools the vineyards, creating a microclimate that is characteristic of Tenuta San Guido.
Sassicaia is the "flagship" of Tenuta San Guido and is considered the first Super Tuscan. It gained international fame and played a crucial role in defining Italian wines. The first vintage Sassicaia was produced in 1968, but was initially intended for private consumption. It wasn't until 1978 that Sassicaia was released commercially. Sassicaia is made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. The name "Sassicaia" comes from the Italian word "sassi", which means stones, as the vineyards are characterized by stony soils. The wine is known for its elegance, complexity and storage potential. It often receives high scores from critics and is highly sought after by collectors. Sassicaia played a crucial role in the recognition and elevation of Italian wines.
Production of Tenuta San Guido
In winemaking at Tenuta San Guido, the emphasis is on quality and traditional techniques. The estate strives to express the unique terroir of the Bolgheri region in its wines. Sassicaia is largely Cabernet Sauvignon with a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc. Sassicaia is known for its elegance, complexity and potential. Sassicaia production varies from harvest year to harvest year, depending on factors such as weather conditions and quality. The exact number of bottles produced annually may fluctuate and specific production figures may not be readily available. Tenuta San Guido also produces other wines such as the Guidalberto, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Guidalberto is the estate's second wine and offers a more accessible and earlier drinking style than the Sassicaia. Finally, we have the Le Difese, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Le Difese is a more accessible and fruity wine, designed for earlier consumption.
Tenuta San Guido's olive oil?
In addition to its wines, Tenuta San Guido is known for the production of high-quality olive oil. The estate is located in Maremma (Tuscany) and many wineries in the region often have olive groves next to vineyards. They probably grow traditional Tuscan olive varieties such as Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo. The characteristics of the region's soil and climate, which contribute to the unique terroir of their wines, can also influence the flavor profile of their olive oil. The estate probably uses traditional and careful methods in the cultivation and harvesting of olives. The extraction process, usually carried out by cold pressing, is designed to preserve the quality and flavor of the olives. Like their approach to wine production, olive oil production can be limited, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Tenuta San Guido|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||97|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|