(85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc): Moderately saturated dark ruby-red. Flowers, black cherry, camphor and a bell pepper note on the nose. Suave in texture but peppery in the mouth, with fresh blackcurrant, blackberry and coffee flavors, along with a leafy, herbal quality that suggests only moderate ripeness. A prettier, lighter version of Sassicaia that finishes noticeably long and refined, this will offer pleasant near-term drinking while your ?04s and ?06s mature in the cellar. But I would be very hesitant to write it off as a lesser Sassicaia, given this wine?s track record for improving with bottle age. The 2005 vintage was medium cool, in some respects similar to 2007, and Sebastiano Rosa told me they harvested a bit earlier than usual, as the forecast at the time was for a period of rain.
The cabernet franc (15 percent) here seems to wrap the cassis and black cherry richness of cabernet sauvignon with the spiciness of fresh red peppercorns. Savory and bound for several hours, this becomes silky and elegant with air, the rich fruit supported by firm, earthy tannins. Deep and impressively structured, this is suited for a decade or more in the cellar.
The 2005 Sassicaia is in a gorgeous spot right now. A super-classic Cabernet Sauvignon bouquet reveals striking nuance as layers of dark fruit begin to unfold on the palate. Smoke, game, licorice, tobacco and menthol add the final shades of nuance. The 2005 doesn't appear to be built for the long haul, but it is very beautiful, complete and rewarding today. (AG)
The 2005 Sassicaia is another strong effort from Tenuta San Guido. Medium in body, it reveals an understated, delicate expression of smoke, herbs, tobacco and sweet dark fruit. The wine possesses compelling harmony and a gorgeous sense of inner perfume that flows from start to finish. This is an outstanding showing in a very challenging vintage. Sassicaia is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Dark ruby in color, showing aromas of currant, new oak and fresh herbs, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with very chewy tannins and an outstanding concentration of fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Needs plenty of bottle age. Best after 2012. *Collectibles* (JS)
Rich and stately reddish purple. A wine that starts to welcome with open arms, then slowly but surely the tannins tighten their grip. This is an exotic, well structured and well balanced wine that steals up on you. It clearly has a long life ahead of it. Subtle, with notes of black cherry, cedar, grilled rosemary and cigar smoke. Very beautiful, with a caressing structure that promises another good few decades to enjoy. (JA)
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