Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and other red grape varieties.

Climate

Spring was cold and damp until mid June. The weather then improved and the month of July until mid August was hot and dry. After mid August until mid September, temperatures were below average with some rain. After that time the weather greatly improved and was sunny, dry and very warm. Overall this meant that the grapes were in fact able to ripen perfectly. It was necessary, however, to carry out a severe selection and thinning of the grapes before the harvest, in order to ensure that the grapes remaining on the vines at the time of harvest had the desired good quality. Quantities were generally below average.

Vinification

The first variety to be harvested at #Tenuta Guado al Tasso# in the Guado al Tasso vineyard was the Merlot, followed approximately a week later by the Cabernet Sauvignon. After destemming and light crushing, the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were vinified separately; maceration took place in stainless steel tanks over 12 days, during which time alcoholic fermentation was also completed, at a temperature that was kept below 30 °C. As the grapes harvested were in such a perfect state of maturation, this meant that the transfer of coloured substances during maceration was possible with less pumping over than normal, and consequently the resulting wine is very rich in colour, but soft on the palate without any astringency.The wines were then transferred to new French oak barriques (Troncais and Alliers) where malolactic fermentation was completed by the year's end. The wines were then racked, and after careful blending to produce the master blend, returned to the barrels for about 14 months aging, followed by bottling and a further 10 months minimum in bottles before release. Alcohol : 12,5% Vol.

Historical data

Guado al Tasso, meaning literally "Badger's Ford", takes its name from a common sight at the estate of #Tenuta Guado al Tasso#, Bolgheri, where it is produced. The vineyard is at an elevation between 44 and 58 metres (145 and 190 feet) above sea-level on stony, slightly calcareous soils. Tenuta Guado al Tasso is located 60 miles southwest of Florence, near the medieval village of Bolgheri, in an area known as the Maremma. The 900 hectares (2,223 acres) estate stretches up from the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the hills, and aside from extensive vineyards, also grows wheat, corn, sunflowers, tomatoes and olive trees. Guado al Tasso was first produced in 1990; the successive vintages are 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. All the vintages have been produced in limited quantities.

Tasting notes

Intensely fruity, more of cherry than cassis, with hints of toast, coffee and dark chocolate. Finely structured and complex; balanced, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Displays unmistakable varietal flavor while retaining strong regional character.