Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Climate

Thanks to a mild winter and above-average temperatures in the spring, the year 2007 was characterized by substantially earlier than usual vegetative development in the plants. The unusual and intense rains during the second half of August helped to allow a normal ripening of the grape bunches. The ideal meteorological conditions during the month of September, characterized by beautiful, dry weather and great fluctuations between day and nighttime temperatures, allowed all of the grape varietals to ripen perfectly, and permitted all of the harvesting operations to be carried out at the best possible moment.

Vinification

Harvesting was done by hand and the grapes were brought to the winery in crates. In the production facility, the grapes were carefully and accurately hand-selected both before and again after destemming, and were then gently crushed. Every individual parcel of the vineyard was vinified separately for the purpose of creating different wines. Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 25-30°C for a period ranging from 15 to 20 days, during which several pumping over and oxygenation procedures were carried out at varying intensities, according to the requirements of each grape varietal and each parcel of the vineyard. At the moment of first racking, all of the wines were put into new wood barriques in which, by the end of the year, they had completed malolactic fermentation. After 18 months of aging, the best lots were blended. The wine was then bottled and aged for an additional 10 months before being released on the market. Alcohol content: 14% by 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

Guado al Tasso 2007 is already beginning to develop an elegant fragrance, offering an fresh aromas with mild nutty notes and hints of menthol which are balanced by flavors of full-flavored dark fruits. The wine bathes the palate in rich, smooth tannins. It has a long finish and leaves a lingering taste of ripe black berry fruit. Guado al Tasso is a harmony of flavors and is beautifully refined, which together make it fascinating right from the first drop.

Awards

Score 90/100

FALSTAFF MAGAZINE 2010 "Tuscan wine-producing caost"

2010 Germany

"Super Tre Stelle"

I VINI DI VERONELLI 2011

2011 Italy

Score: 94/100

WINE ADVOCATE October 2011

2011 U.S.A.

Score: 97

Wine Enthusiast 2010

2010 U.S.A.

Score: 92/100

WINE SPECTATOR

  U.S.A.