Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah and other red grape varieties.

Climate

The end of Winter and the beginning of Spring were mild and very dry, which favoured early budding of the vines and accelerated the vegetative cycle - until the stabilising effect of some rainfall in May.
Flowering took place in the same average period as other vintages.
June was very hot and this accelerated the growth of the grapes and of the vegetative cycle by about 10-12 days.
The Summer months were very hot and sunny with temperatures well above average - particularly in July with long periods without any rainfall. This meant that the growth rate of the vines slowed down slightly and, on average, the grapes ripened about a week earlier than in average vintages.
In all the estates a careful thinning of the red variety grapes was carried out during the month of August, in order to ensure that the remaining grapes would ripen in the best conditions.

Vinification

Merlot was harvested at mid September, approximately a week before the Cabernet Sauvignon. After destemming and light crushing, the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were vinified separately; maceration took place in stainless steel tanks over a period of 15-20 days, during which time alcoholic fermentation was also completed, at a temperature never exceeding 30 °C. The resulting wine is rich in colour and very structured but soft on the palate, without any astringency. The wine were then transferred to new French oak barriques (Troncais and Alliers) where malolactic fermentation was completed by the year's end. The wine were then racked, blended and then returned to the barrels for about 14 months aging, followed by aging for about one year in bottles before release. Alcohol : 13,0% 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, 1995, 1996 and 1997. All the vintages have been produced in limited quantities.

Tasting notes

Extraordinary intense ruby red in colour. 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.

Awards

"Cinque Grappoli"

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Oct. 2001 "Duemilavini 2002" Guide

2001 Italy

"Tre Stelle"

I VINI DI VERONELLI Oct. 2001 Italian Guide

2001 Italy

"Vino-Frutto"

LUCA MARONI The Taster of Wine Guide Migliori Vini Italiani 2001 (Best Italian Wine edition)

2001 Italy

92/100 score

THE WINE ADVOCATE Oct. 2001 Robert Parker

2001 U.S.A.

95/100 score

THE WINE SPECTATOR Nov. 2001

2001 Italy