Sassicaia 2008 – The Best in Years

4 thoughts on “Sassicaia 2008 – The Best in Years”

  1. Tom, I’ve long been an aficionado of Sassicaia, but when I paid $150, or so, for a bottle of the 2002 vintage, I dropped out of the fan club. The wine, from a difficult vintage, should have been, in my view, declassified and they should have “skipped” bottling the wine under the main label.

    If you ask Sebastiano he will admit it was a challenging vintage, but he is willing to defend bottling the wine as “Sassicaia” and charging the usual hefty price.

    It betrays the trust the consumer has (or had) in the label, especially since the price tag was as high as ever at that point.

    I don’t find the wines from this decade to be as impressive as the wines made in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

    Perhaps my perspective has changed and other wines from the Bolgheri region are simply more showy and more complex?

    1. Gerald:

      Thanks for your intelligent and enlightening comment.

      You are not the only one to offer an opinion preferring older vintages of Sassicaia. I never did try the 2002 and as it was a “challenging” vintage, perhaps it wasn’t up to the usual standards.

      Sometimes a famous wine such as this is highly rated because of its status and past glories. I still find the wine to be rather special. What I loved about the 2008 was that it had better structure than several recent vintages. This was a wine with beautiful acidity that had finesse, while still being a full-bodied wine. This was not as powerful as 2007 or 2006, so that’s why i liked the wine better.

      1. Hello guys. I am an expat living in Italy Ravenna, Italy and recently took part in a 2007 Bolgheri wine tasting. The bottles we tasted are listed below:

        Antinori Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2007
        Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Superiore Sapaio 2007
        I Luoghi Bolgheri Superiori Campo al Fico 2007
        Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia 2007
        Campo alla Sughera Bolgheri Superiore Arnione 2007

        It was my first go around with Bolgheri as I am, to say the least, a wine neophyte (well at least as far as wine tasting is concerned). It was a blind tasting and at the end of the day, and quite surprisingly to me, the Bolgheri Sassicaia was one of the least favorites. The overwhelming favorite was Sapaio with Guado al Tasso coming in a close second. When one considers the cost of the Sassicaia in comparison to the others it kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it????

      2. Robert:

        Thank you for your interesting comments. It’s nice to know you’re a follower of my blog.

        As for the tasting you mentioned, these things mean whatever one wants them to mean. If the Sassicaia finished toward the bottom of the group, so be it. It may mean only that the people in this group (you didn’t say how many) preferred a more drinkable wine than Sassicaia. Certainly, this wine is best judged after 15-20 years following its release, especially in a year such as 2007, where the wine is huge. (The 2008 which I prefer, is a bit lighter, with higher acidity). The Guado al Tasso is always a favorite of mine and is also a full expression of Bolgheri, though it is always lighter than the Sassicaia.

        Wines change from month to month and even sometimes from day to day. Sassicaia is a great wine and the price reflects that. I’m all for people expressing their opinions, especially as wine is a personal sensory experience. But the bottom line for me is not rating a wine against other wines of its type, but tasting the wine on its own and judging it for what it is.

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