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Debut: “Baby Sassicaia” and the Lucky Eights of Tenuta San Guido
June 19, 2020



Debut: “Baby Sassicaia” and the Lucky Eights of Tenuta San Guido. Italy’s Number-One Super Tuscan Delivers Value with Sassicaia Pedigree at One-Quarter the Price!

All this talk of 2019 Bordeaux has made Sergio and the IWM team thirsty for more Cabernet and Merlot blends — but this time from Tuscany! While all eyes remain on 2016 and the tiny hamlet of Bolgheri, the legendary birthplace of Super Tuscans, we are skipping ahead to 2018 for youthful wines that we can enjoy today. IWM believes that begins with the highly-anticipated arrival of “baby Sassicaia,” the 2018 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto.

While the Super-Tuscan patriarch Sassicaia requires patience for the collector, Guidalberto offers approachability in the pocket and on the palate due to its youthful blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta has explained that he created Guidalberto for “two reasons: first of all, the desire to see what we could accomplish with Merlot, a grape that we had never used before; second, the desire to offer the consumer a wine which could be appreciated at a younger age compared to our veteran Sassicaia.”

The insider note is that 20% of the 2018 Guidalberto’s fruit is young-vine Sassicaia, truly making it one of the finest “Baby Sassicaia” bottlings to date. But the good news does not end there. If you follow Tenuta San Guido, then you know there is something special about the vintages ending in “8,” beginning with the inaugural 1968 and continuing through with the 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008. These vintages offer more classic expressions from the house and are the preferred style of estate owner Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and his family.

With the 2018 Guidalberto, you have a more classic “baby Sassicaia” delivered with approachability. What we appreciate here is the incredible value paired with a Sassicaia pedigree at one-quarter the price of the flagship!

Featured Debut: Sassicaia Pedigree Delivered with Value (Click to Order)



Note: Wines begin to arrive in July

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



2018 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto
Chris Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “WOW…what a wine! The nose alone transports you to the Bolgheri coastline, and the bouquet is among the most pronounced we have experienced in this wine. The slightly cooler and more classic 2018 vintage has presented a more aromatic and refined expression, and in contrast to the 2017s that offered more stewed fruit nuances, there is more Burgundian sensibility to the wine, which captures the classic Sassicaia style with its signature herbaceous and briny undertones. On the palate, there is explosive and generous fruit, yet the wine remains so light on its feet. It has the juiciness to be a crowd pleaser and the depth and precision that will keep wine collectors digging into the glass for more nuances. The beauty of this wine comes with an hour of aeration as it keeps evolving in the glass. Watch for the silky texture and energetic spine. Expect to find notes wild berries, cherries, currants, black olives, spice, herbs, tar, and salinity. If you like refined, and understated Super Tuscans of finesse, look no further. This is easily one of the finest, classic expressions in Guaidalberto’s twenty-year career."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2018 Guidalberto, tasted from an approximate blend from barrel, is positively stellar. I can only hope that the bottled wine is as fresh, vibrant and nuanced as this sample. A rush of black cherry, plum, spice, leather and licorice graces the 2018 with striking depth and nuance. Light on its feet and deep, the 2018 has a lot to offer. In many years, Guidalberto can be a rather rich wine, but in 2018 it is very closely aligned with the house style.”

This is an email ONLY offer. Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris