Sassicaia

Region: Italy

Sassicaia

Region: Italy

In the 1920's, the Italian Marquis known as Mario Incisa della Rocchetta discovered a passion for wine. This passion led him to dream one day of creating the ultimate "thoroughbred" of wine which in that day for aristocrats like himself, was Bordeaux. Twenty years later, he and his wife Clarice settled in Tenuta San Guido on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy where he would experiment with various French grape varieties (from cuttings he "acquired" from the Salviati estate in Migliarino) in the rocky Italian soil, the result of which was a decent Cabernet. Mario Incisa's idea to make a Cabernet Sauvignon in the Piedmont/Tuscan region was creative, bold and innovative - some at the time thought crazy. Mario Incisa's first vintages were not well received by critics accustomed to lighter, local wines. So from 1948 to the year 1967, this critically rejected Sassicaia as it was come to be known was consumed only at Tenuta San Guido, a small number of cases stored away each year. Over time, however, it was discovered that the longer the wine aged, the better it became. Mario was convinced to revisit his dream of creating the perfect wine, and in 1968, Sassicaia was commercially released and considered worthy of a Bordeaux Premier Cru. Tenuta San Guido had become the producer of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta's perfect wine.

Mario Incisa's grape of choice was Cabernet Sauvignon, a much more complex grape than the Sangiovese and Nebbiolo that winemakers of the Piedmont and Tuscan regions were more accustomed to working with. Mario Incisa's beloved Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines had been started with cuttings he absconded with when he was a guest of the Salviati Dukes in Migliarino at their Italian estate and vineyards.

Tenuta San Guido is best known for producing Super Tuscan" wine. Its wine Bolgheri Sassicaia is considered Italy's best Bordeaux-style Tuscan Reds. The 1985 Sassicaia is the holy grail of Super Tuscans, and many consider it to be one of the greatest wines ever produced in the world.

 

Sassicaia Wine Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lwasl, 1 in owc Magnum (6) ... (Total: 6 Mags. )
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lwasl, 1 in owcMagnum (6)... (Total: 6 Mags. )
Lot 767
Auction 5183
Saturday, March 22, 2014
$19,520.00
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 4ts, 1loose capsule, different importers Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 4ts, 1loose capsule, different importersBottle (12)... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Lot 766
Auction 5183
Saturday, March 22, 2014
$18,300.00
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lbsl, 1wisl, 1spc, 1 oxidized capsule Magnum (6) ... (Total: 6 Mags. )
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lbsl, 1wisl, 1spc, 1 oxidized capsuleMagnum (6)... (Total: 6 Mags. )
Lot 768
Auction 5183
Saturday, March 22, 2014
$15,860.00
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lbsl, 1bsl, 2ltal Bottle (7) ... (Total: 7 Btls. )
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lbsl, 1bsl, 2ltalBottle (7)... (Total: 7 Btls. )
Lot 208
Auction 5171
Saturday, September 13, 2014
$13,420.00
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lwasl, 1 in owc Magnum (3) ... (Total: 3 Mags. )
Sassicaia 1985 Tenuta San Guido 1lwasl, 1 in owcMagnum (3)... (Total: 3 Mags. )
Lot 769
Auction 5183
Saturday, March 22, 2014
$9,760.00

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Sassicaia 2010 Tenuta San Guido lbsl Double-Magnum (1)
Sassicaia 2010 Tenuta San Guido lbslDouble-Magnum (1)

Auction 5320
Friday, June 23, 2017

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