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The Debut of Sassicaia 2011, Guidalberto 2012, and Le Difese 2012

By now you have probably heard the near redundant reviews regarding the new Super Tuscan report from the Coast and the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri, "2011 is one of the greatest vintages," "perfect ripeness," and "our finest of the new millennium." Antonio Galloni has already chimed in providing his early praise for Ornellaia (96+ pts), Masseto (94-96 pts), Redigaffi (95+ pts), and going more inland with Alceo (98 pts). The reality is the Super Tuscan birthplace of Bolgheri is truly a blessed wine region and has had strong performances from 2004 through 2012. For the pioneering wine that started it all, we have come to realize that Sassicaia, more than any other wine, is exceptional in every vintage, just a different interpretation of the noble grapes.

At first glance, one might draw some comparisons to 2009 or 2000 with the warmth and ripeness that occurred during the late summer months, but it is more than that. The new release draws on the milder elements of the vintage and the coastal evening temperature swings, bringing to mind nuances typical of cooler vintages. Sassicaia maintains its signature finesse, restraint, acidity and herbaceous undertones, and while many wines are clocking in at more than 14% alcohol for this vintage, the wine is light on its feet at 13.5%. It is a wine that demands some aging, and in time, is the Super Tuscan that pleases the Bordeaux connoisseur to the classic Napa enthusiast.

It should be noted that with each vintage, the supply of Sassicaia from the winery is depleted – worldwide demand continues to exceed supply and yields are down for both 2011 and 2012. Zachys is pleased to debut the largest allocation in the country, and like the vintages before it, the wine will sell out on its release pricing. It is a wine that has a track record of appreciating in the bottle with proper aging, as well as an investment. After just a few short years, the 2001 and 2004 are already commanding $300 a bottle, but more importantly are starting to fulfill their promise evolving as one of the great wines of the world. These are wines to cellar, while you enjoy the ripe approachability of the 2012 Le Difese and Guidalberto. The Guidalberto does contain 20% of Sassicaia fruit and is a wine that was created simply because too many enthusiasts were prematurely drinking the flagship.

Italy's First Growth and most collected wine remains one of the great values in the world of wine. Despite its success it has maintained its release price with only modest increases. At $175 it begs the question; would you prefer twelve bottles of Lafite Rothschild or 60 bottles of Sassicaia?

All My Best,
Andrew

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Le Difese Tenuta San Guido 2012 (92JS) (375ML) SKU #385193 IT Flag In Stock
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`Subtle ripe aromas of dried berries, spices and cedar follow through to a full body with pretty tannins and a juicy finish. Tight now. One of the best second wines of Sassicaia...92 Points.` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
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Le Difese Tenuta San Guido 2012 (92JS) (750ML) SKU #385191 IT Flag In Stock
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`Subtle ripe aromas of dried berries, spices and cedar follow through to a full body with pretty tannins and a juicy finish. Tight now. One of the best second wines of Sassicaia...92 Points.` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
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Le Difese Tenuta San Guido 2012 (92JS) (1.5L) SKU #385194 IT Flag In Stock
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`Subtle ripe aromas of dried berries, spices and cedar follow through to a full body with pretty tannins and a juicy finish. Tight now. One of the best second wines of Sassicaia...92 Points.` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
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Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2012 (93JS) (750ML) SKU #385196 IT Flag In Stock
Guidalberto Tenuta...
`Aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with hints of wet earth and spices such as cloves. Full body with round, chewy tannins but polished and caressing. A juicy, succulent finish. One of the best ever. Drink or hold...93 Points` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
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Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2012 (93JS) (1.5L) SKU #385197 IT Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
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`Aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with hints of wet earth and spices such as cloves. Full body with round, chewy tannins but polished and caressing. A juicy, succulent finish. One of the best ever. Drink or hold...93 Points` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
Bottle Price: $105.00 Sale Bottle: $87.00
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Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2012 (93JS) (3L) SKU #385198 IT Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
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`Aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with hints of wet earth and spices such as cloves. Full body with round, chewy tannins but polished and caressing. A juicy, succulent finish. One of the best ever. Drink or hold...93 Points` www.jamessuckling.com 5/14 more >
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Sassicaia 2011 (94JS) (375ML) SKU #385201 IT Flag In Stock
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`Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982,… more >
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Sassicaia 2011 (94JS) (750ML) SKU #385202 IT Flag In Stock
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`Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982,… more >
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Samas Bianco Agricola Punica 2012 (91JS) (750ML) SKU #373786 IT Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
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…at Agricola Punica, which is their joint venture in Sardinia with Sebastiano Rosa (oenologist and winemaker at Tenuta San Guido), Sardinian winery Cantina di Santadi, Tenuta San Guido, Santadi President Antonello Pilloni and legendary Tuscan consulting oenologist Giacomo Tachis.The reason it was… more >
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Barrua Red Agricola Punica 2009 (92JS) (750ML) SKU #373784 IT Flag In Stock
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`The dense, racy flavors of raspberry ganache are finely textured, with tobacco and pleasant herbal undertones. Powerful yet graceful, in need of decanting or short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2020...92` WS 4/13`This is rounder and richer than the excellent 2009. Very pretty too with a… more >
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Montessu Agricola Punica 2011 (90JS) (750ML) SKU #382948 IT Flag In Stock
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`A delicious red with dark chocolate and fresh herb character plus plum hints. Medium to full body, round tannins and a fruity finish...90` JS 12/13 more >
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Turlo Lago di Corbara Salviano 2010 (750ML) SKU #382993 IT Flag In Stock
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`Soft and plummy, offering black cherry, tobacco and mocha hints, with a tarry finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot...` WS 2013 more >
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