"The 2007 Sassicaia (Cabernet Sauvignon) explodes onto the palate with masses of rich, opulent fruit that caress the palate with gorgeous length and a seamless beauty that is hard to fully capture. Dark wild cherries, plums, spices, minerals and herbs develop in the glass. This is an especially bold, perhaps slightly uncharacteristic Sassicaia in its extroverted personality, but it is beautiful all the same. The inner perfume and sweetness carries through the long finish, where the sheer weight and glycerol of the fruit leaves a lasting impression."
"The 2007 is more than a worthy follow-up to the profound 2006. While it may lack that wine's freshness, structure and potential longevity, the 2007 is immensely appealing today, and should drink beautifully pretty much out of the gate. That said, Sassicaia is always the most restrained of Bolgheri's heavy hitters. This is a superb effort from Tenuta San Guido. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2037." -95 Points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate
"This iconic Italian wine from Bolgheriâs landmark Sassicaia vineyard (characterized by little rocks, or âsassiâ) offers an elegant bouquet comprised in equal measure by mineral, fruit and spice nuances. The wine consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc and the finish is long, smooth and very fine. This is an ageworthy wine that should not be opened before 2018." -95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Very enticing aromas of spices, meat and berries. Full-bodied and juicy, soft and velvety, with a long, succulent finish. Best after 2011." -93 Points - Wine Spectator
"Bright red with a pale rim. Subdued, youthfully reticent nose hints at pomegranate, currant, cedar and minerals. Soft and approachable already but a bit monolithic, with lush, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, cassis, smoke and vanilla. A seamlessly ripe and broad wine, finishing with smooth peppery tannins and good length. I suspect this needs time to sort itself out in bottle but I wouldn't be surprised if this will always be remembered as a Sassicaia offering early accessibility and a little less concentration and depth than usual. Presently, it's not much better than the Guidalberto, though my experience with Sassicaia over the last 30 vintages has taught me that this wine is often disappointing when young, only to blossom about ten years after the vintage. I should also point out that I encountered quite a bit of bottle variation: one of my four samples rated 94 points, another two were 90 or 91 at best, and the fourth did not merit anything like an outstanding rating." -91+ Points - Ian D'Agata - International Wine Cellar
"The Tenuta San Guido is a 7,500-acre estate located in the province of Livorno on the western coastal outskirts of Tuscany near the village of Bolgheri. Brought into the holdings of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta through his marriage to Clarice della Gherardesca in 1940, it is the origin of a wine which has shaped a generation of wines which have in turn revolutionized Italy's image in the world of wine."
"The legacy of Sassicaia begins in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. This tiny, 3.75-acre vineyard stood alone until 1965, when a second Cabernet vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Castiglioncello parcel; the gravelly, 30-acre plot would give the wine its name: Sassicaia, "the place of many stones". This and a slightly more elevated microclimate of 20 acres, called Aianova, were planted in phases between 1965 and 1985, bringing plantings to the present extent of 90 acres in vines averaging 20 to 25 years of age."
"Since the late 1960s, Sassicaia has represented a standard of production that is without compromise. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed, crushed and fermentation is set off by natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. For the first week, pumping over of the must takes place three times daily; during the second week, this is reduced to once daily until the end of the 14-day fermentation period. The wine is pressed from the skins and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place in 225-litre Allier and TronÃ§ais oak barriques, approximately 30 percent of which are new, for 18 to 22 months depending on vintage."
"Sassicaia is a unique interpretation of the Cabernet variety, a wine of great breadth, complexity and longevity. The intense blackberry and cassis aromas, offset by notes of smoke and spice, are confirmed on a palate of lush concentration underscored by firm, ripe tannins carrying into a long, elegant finish." -Importer
2006 Chateau Clos Leglise Pomerol La Reserve
"Of all the La Reserves that I put together the L'eglise is no doubt the most explosive and the one I really took all the great fruit ;) and the good fruit scored super well with Parker, so imagine. The biggest difference between the regular cuvee and this effort is that this wine has a lot more structure and I feel has a better balance to it, this is one of my favorite all time wines and if this wasn't a wine I blended I would go 96-97, wait till you try it!"-Gary Vaynerchuk
"This renowned Pomerol estate has come on very strong in the last 10 years, thanks to owner Helene Garcin and consulting wine maker Dr. Alain Raynaud. This wine emphasizes terroir and elegance more than power and brute force. Beautifully balanced, aromatic and a pleasure to drink now, this should easily last for 20+ years. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc." -Importer
"Belonging to the aristocracy of the Pomerol is not the result of a decision but a heritage of quality and tradition, as in case of Clos LâEglise. Just over three quarters of a century ago, in 1925, Savinien Giraud, the owner of Ch Trotenoy and President of the viticultural and agricultural Union of Pomerol, submitted to the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce a âClassificationâ of the greatest wines of Pomerol, with Clos LâEglise listed among the leading runners. This is why it is possible to date the reputation of Clos LâEglise and the rank assigned to it by its peers, the members of the Union." -Winery
"The soil is composed of clay and gravel, with iron deposits, which gives Pomerol its distinctive character. Situated on the slope of a hill, most of the vineyard stretches to the south-west of the building, at the break of the famous Pomerol plateau. It covers an area of 6 hectares. The vineyard is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc (or Bouchet)." -Winery
"The wine is made according to traditional methods. It is for this reason that Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard chose wooden vats for Clos LâEglise. Each batch is treated separately in a thermostat-regulated vat of 60 hl. Manual pigeage has been re-introduced; the pulp and mass of skins, known as chapeau, floats to the top during fermentation and is punched down manually several times a day. The wine is left in fermenting vats for a long time, and malolactic fermentation is carried out in 100% new barrels. Ageing lasts between 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage." -Winemaker