Gordon & MacPhail
Glen Grant 1948
Vintage Sassicaia explodes with aromas of succulent red and blue fruits, mocha, exotic spices, warm saddle leather, incense and smoke. A wine that complements its opulence with terrific freshness, this ’04 Sassicaia is a tremendous achievement that builds to a lush, lingering crescendo of silky tannins. A textbook perfect growing season with nice rainfall, moderate weather, lovely sun, and a hot August meant that the biggest challenge in 2004 was meticulous green harvests, and the payoff was an ideal crop of perfect berries. Tenuta San Guido ferments Sassicaia in temperature-controlled stainless steel with only indigenous yeasts; this wine ages in French oak barriques for two years followed by a few months in bottle before release. One of the most perfectly structured Sassicaia bottlings, the ‘04 surpasses the highly lauded 2001; now with more than a decade of maturity, this vintage is just entering its drinking window, though it'll age for years.
Singularly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement, San Guido’s Sassicaia—a masterful cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc—is one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Mario Incisa della Rochetta, along with guidance from Giacomo Tachis (Piero Antinori's winemaker), made enological history and created the Super Tuscan movement when, in 1968, his estate released Sassicaia to great critical acclaim. Believing Toscano was ripe for change, Rochetta in 1944 planted Cabernet Sauvignon at Tenuta San Guido, his small vineyard in the Bolgheri hills. The terrain, similar to that of Graves in Bordeaux, at Tenuta San Guido gave Sassicaia its name, which in the Tuscan dialect means “stony ground.” Today Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta continues the tradition at the Tenuta San Guido estate, where he continues to produce the most elegant Super Tuscan there is!