Wine tasting note: 2002 San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC

2002 San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC

31st May 2003 Tuscany Table Red

[Barrel Sample]
Unsurprisingly (even though I must have been just about the first person through the door on the first day of tasting), this superTuscan legend was all gone by the time I got to it. Luckily a glass was surreptitiously passed to me when no-one else was looking:

Dusty garnet/red paling to rim [so different in colour I wondered if I was being palmed off with something else].
Intense, concentrated nose of leather, ink, graphite and stewed mulberries - layered and complex.
Medium bodied and elegant, with concentrated, sweet blackcurrant/forest fruit flavours, delicious, slightly sour acidity, and a herbal, savoury tang. Very fine tannins on a long, well balanced finish with a faint tang of well-integrated charred oak.
Very fine, layered and complex - itís the first time I've tasted Sassacaia, but I can see what all the fuss is about.

Wine Tasting: Livorno, Tuscany - 2002 Anteprima (En Primeur)