Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

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

Climate

The favorable weather patterns at the beginning of spring favored an early budding of about one week for the various varieties. All through the spring we had excellent weather, warm temperatures and the right amount of rain, resulting in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle. This optimal vegetative balance of the vines ended in full ripening between the end of July and the beginning of August, about 7 to 10 days earlier than usual. The excessive heat wave around mid August, lasting only a week, did not slow down maturation, and the first grapes gathered showed immediate promise of an excellent vintage. Due to the early ripening of the grapes, we began our "green harvest" just after mid-August, selecting and thinning to eliminate any excessive production. In conclusion, the early harvest coupled with a rainless period of picking allowed us to bring in excellent mature grapes.

Vinification

Merlot was harvested at the beginning of September, the Cabernet Sauvignonfrom mid September. 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 : 14,0% 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

Score 91/100

FALSTAFF MAGAZINE September 2003 "Tuscan wine-producing caost"

2003 Austria

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO November 2003 "Vini d'Italia 2004" guide

2003 Italy

"Best Italian Wines 2004"

LUCA MARONI - Nov.2003 "Best Italian Wines 2004" guide

2003 Italy

Score: 93/100

THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR jul./aug. 2003 Sthephen Tanzer

2003 U.S.A.

Score 93/100

THE WINE SPECTATOR September 2002

2002 U.S.A.

Score: 93/100

WINE & SPIRITS - Apr. 2004 "Joshua Greene Tastings"

2004 U.S.A.

95/100 & "Cellar Selection"

WINE ENTHUSIAST Nov. 2006

2006 U.S.A.