Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Syrah

Climate

The 2006 harvest in Bolgheri was particularly well balanced and began in the first week of September, starting with early ripening grapes, Merlot being the first, which had reached perfect ripeness. There was no rain for the duration of the harvest (apart from a few stormy days mid September) and the vines were in optimum health, with no stress from drought. This gave an ideal period of time for the harvest, in which each variety was picked in turn, when the grapes were fully ripe, starting with the Merlot, then the Syrah and, finally, the Cabernet Sauvignon (picked between the last week of September and the first week of October).

Vinification

The grapes were picked by hand and carried in crates to the cellar, where they were de-stemmed and selected manually on sorting tables before pressing.
The fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel containers at a controlled temperature (25-30°C) and lasted for between 15 and 20 days, during which pumping over and oxygenation was performed as necessary for each single variety.
The wines were racked off into new oak barrels, where they completed malolactic fermentation by the end of the year. During the time in barrel, the wine was periodically racked and drawn off the lees and oxidized when necessary. After a meticulous control of each single barrel at the end of the 18 months ageing process, the varieties were blended. The wine was bottled and aged a further 10 months before release. Alcohol: 14,5% Vol.

Historical data

This wine takes its name from a curious fact: at Tenuta Guado al Tasso timid badgers are sometimes seen crossing the fords in the streams. The estate of Tenuta Guado al Tasso is about 80 Km. south-west of Florence near the medieval town of Bolgheri, in Maremma. The 900-hectare estate extends down the Tyrrhenian coast to the hills and apart from vineyards, other crops grown here include wheat, corn, sunflowers, olives. The vineyards are situated at altitudes between 45 - 60 metres a.s.l. on rocky, slightly limestone soil. The Guado al Tasso wine was made for the first time in 1990.

Tasting notes

The nose is very refined and elegant, with fragrant, sweet aromas. The aromas are well integrated, with harmony between the fruity and balsamic notes. The palate is consistent and elegant, from the attack, through the mid-palate to the finish. The aftertaste matches the characteristics of the aromas giving a long, pleasant finish.
These are the characteristics of Guado al Tasso 2006 as it is released onto the market - a wine with great class and a high potential for ageing in bottle.

Awards

"Super Tre Stelle"

I VINI DI VERONELLI 2010 October 2009 Score: 97/100

2009 Italy

Score: 91/100

WINE ADVOCATE October 2009

2009 U.S.A.

Score: 95/100

WINE SPECTATOR Nov. 2008

2008 U.S.A.