Guado Al Tasso
Bolgheri DOC Superiore
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
The 2010 vintage, with the exception of July, was characterized by essentially cooler and rainier than average weather. Bud burst, in mid-April, was a week later than normal and May was particularly cool and rainy, delaying bud growth. June and, above all, July were dry with temperatures above seasonal averages, assisting a partial recovery of ripening time.
The crop was handpicked into small packing cases. In the cellar, the grapes were manually selected both before and after destemming and then softly pressed. Each single vineyard plot was fermented separately in order to obtain a full range of wines. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 77° and 86° Fahrenheit (25°-30° centigrade).
This wine takes its name from a curious fact: at the Guado al Tasso estate one can occasionally see badgers (“tassi”), very shy animals, crossing the streams on the property. The estate is located some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri. 2250 acres (900 hectares) in size, it extends from the Tyrrhenian seacoast to the interior hills and, in addition to grapes, grows wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives.
The nose shows excellent aromatic finesse and freshness with notes which recall rosemary, mint, red fruit and, lightly, liquorice. Very balanced on the palate, savory and long, the wine is potent and subtle at the same time, elegant and of great drinking pleasure.