Enoteca San Guido, the café and shop for Sassicaia and its sibling wines, sits across the street from the estate's winery. Originally the borgo, or village, built for the workers on the estate of the Incisa della Rocchetta, this small cluster of stone buildings holds a burnished glamor of effortless elegance. Outside, a thigh-high old wall surrounds the grounds, and the expanse of green lawn is dotted minimally with trees. An ancient cistern sits like a sentinel, and all the buildings show spots of lichen. The buildings seem almost organic, like they've been there as long as the trees and the hills and the Tuscan light, maybe longer. It's eerily minimalist, a little careless, a bit worn, and utterly beautiful.
If there's one thing that aristocrats do better than anyone, it's elegance without effort--it's in their cultural DNA, if you will. Elegance is engrained in the aristocratic terroir, and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, epitomize it. Sassicaia is a wine that's elegant to the bone, a wine born and bred of aristocrats, and one of the finest wines ever made. In fact, it's probably not too strong to say that Sassicaia could only come from the bloodline of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta--it was his life's great passion as a gentleman farmer, a devoted viticulturist, and a father who passed his passion, knowledge and devotion on to his sons.
Today, I'm very proud to present the 2013 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido. It's hard to say whether a wine will embody its promise--like a young athlete or artist, young wines have to develop before the can show their true potential. However difficult it is to say with conviction that this '13 Sassicaia is going to be one of the great vintages, this bottle is gorgeous. It's pure, unabashed elegance, gliding across your palate like a woman making an entrance in a silk ball gown. If you are a wine-lover who loves Sassicaia, you will not want to miss 2013; it's gorgeous.