The Date and Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
The Event: Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Tasting, 2011-2010-2009-2007-2006-2004, with Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta.
The Venue: Crush Wine Bar
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: sadly, only the most recent vintages are available for sale, some from the LCBO and the rest from the agent, Sylvestre Wines & Spirits.
The Quote/Background: The wines are always cabernet sauvignon 85% and cabernet franc 15%. Sassicaia was first released in 1968, a unique Tuscan blend of international varietals – it was the first SuperTuscan.
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2011: violet, cedar, anise, cassis. Tight. 3.5 stars 90
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2010: spicy, cassis, vanillin. Still tight. 3.5 stars 90
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2009: cedar, cassis, underbrush of age. 4 stars 93. A fave.
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2007: cedar, forest floor, red fruit. 4 stars 91
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2006: Bordeaux-like but also fruity. 4 stars 92
-Tenuta San Guida Sassicaia 2004: cedar, cassis, vanillins, some red fruit in balance. Began to fade near end of tasting. 4 stars. 93 points. My best fave of the morning.
The Food: lunch was simple, to show off two other wines and the balance of the Sassicaia. With porcini spatzle, parmesan, and escarole bolognese we had Le Difese 2012 ($31.95 November 8 Vintages, with 70% cab sauv and 30% sangiovese). With short ribs and parsnips, jus of caramelized shallots, we had Guidalberto 2012 ($53.95 Vintages, with 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot). Both wines were aged in French oak for 15 months, and were excellent in flavours for food but needed a few more years cellaring.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92.