97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): "The 2008 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a wine without a winemaker. The last vintage made by Giacomo Tachis was 2007 and incoming enologist Graziana Grassini claims 2009 as her first vintage. Within the context of this retrospective, the 2008 vintage opens a new chapter, because it is the first wine to show evident tertiary definition and complexity. In fact, the wine performs beautifully with an exalted performance and ethereal aromas. They include cassis, wild berry, crushed mineral, licorice, petrol and grilled herb. This wine is really coming together now and is entering a very exciting moment in its drinking life. It boasts finesse, elegance and grace. Yet, it also shows unmistakable richness and structure that gives the wine an enormous presence in terms of mouthfeel. This was one of the top highlights of the retrospective. Drink: 2017-2035. (Apr 2017)"
97 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "[$220 list] Recently implemented winemaker and cellar changes make this one of the best Sassicaias ever. This Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend delivers thick concentration and sun-kissed aromas of black fruit, prune, dried bay leaf, black olive and tobacco. The thick, fertile soils that characterize the magical strip of coastal Tuscany at Bol-gheri help shape amazing richness and intensity. (Feb 2012)"
96 points James Suckling: "Sexy wine with blackberries and flowers. All dressed up and beautiful. It’s full and velvety with ripe tannins and a persistent finish. Slows a little on the finish but clearly classy. I liked this one point more a year ago but it’s slightly closed now. Better in 2014. (6/28/12)"
94 points Wine Spectator: "Refined and elegant, this is right in step with the reserve of the vintage. Blackberry, plum, cassis and mineral flavors play out with subtle oak spice notes on the finish, where this flexes some muscle. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2025. (10/15/11)"
|Producer||Tenuta San Guido|
|Blend||85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc|