So who turns down a chance to taste two iconic Italian wines? Certainly not me! Generally I’m begging to get a tastes, especially given the prices of these two, both of which are firmly in the three digit region. The two wines specifically are the 2005 Solaia and the 2005 Sassicaia. Here are my tasting notes on each and based on this tasting, I won’t be turning down any future tasting opportunities for these wines either!
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2005– This wine is very different than the Solaia which I tasted back to back (yes it was a good afternoon) as would be excepted as Solaia is based on Sangiovese and the Sassicaia is Cabernet Sauvignon based. The Sassicaia is the extrovert of the two. More primal in nature, medium plus body, lush, sweet dark fruits, slight smokiness, and tobacco. Having said that, it is not a fruit bomb of a wine and shows much finesse. This bottle definitely is showing tight and definitely needs some time to open it up. When offered seconds, my hands could not have stretched out faster.