Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Climate

The 2011 vintage was characterized by a cool July, while both early spring, late August, and early September were very warm, with temperatures well above seasonal averages. Bud burst was slightly early but quite uniform. Regular weather during the spring and a cool early summer with scattered rainfall, up until the beginning of August, favored a lengthy growing season without vine stress. The heat of late August, though mitigated by the nearby presence of the sea, caused some irregularity and variability in the ripening along with a loss of production, particularly in early-ripening varieties such as Merlot. September was milder in its temperatures, and occasional rainfall allowed the later-ripening Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to complete the final phases of their ripening  in a uniform manner, guaranteeing an exceptional concentration of flavor and tannins.

Vinification

The harvesting of Guado al Tasso was done entirely by hand with the grapes picked directly into small, thirty seven pound (fifteen kilogram) packing cases. Once in the cellars, the grapes were sorted twice: first on a sorting table where only the finest and healthiest bunches pass the selection and then, after destemming, with a careful choice of the single berries to insure that only perfectly ripe grapes finished in the fermenting tanks. As in every harvest, the many individual vineyard plots were fermented on their own in order to conserve the separate and distinctive characteristics of their grapes. The fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted 15-20 days. After the wine was run off its skins, it was racked into new oak barrels where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. After the initial year of aging in French oak barrels, the finest selection for Guado al Tasso were assembled and went back into barrel for an additional six month period of aging before bottling.

Historical data

Guado al Tasso was produced for the first time in the 1990 vintage. The wine takes its name from a curiosity: at the Guado al Tasso estate, on occasion, one can see badgers (“tasso” in Italian), normally shy animals, fording streams on the property. The Guado al Tasso estate is located at approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) to the southwest of Florence, at the gates of the medieval village of Bolgheri in the upper part of the Tuscan Maremma. The property,  2500 total acres (1000 acres) in size, extends from the Tuscan coast to the hills in the interior, where the vineyards are cultivated on stony and slightly calcareous soils.

Tasting notes

A wine of the aromatic intensity and silkiness of texture was something rather unexpected in such a hot vintage as the 2011. The Merlot gave sweetness of flavor, density of texture, and a very intense aroma of black fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributed an exceptional richness along with additional black fruit aromas, liquorice, and not the slightest hint of greenness. Cabernet Franc added a magnificent balance and poise, smoothing the elevated tannic power of the other varieties and, finally, the Petit Verdot supplied that light touch of spice which completed the bouquet. This is a concentrated wine, one of great class and elegance, a wine capable of a very lengthy aging and positive evolution in the bottle.

Awards

AWARD "SUPER 3 STELLE"

I vini di Veronelli 2015

2015 Italy

5 Grappoli

Bibenda 2015

2015 Italy

SCORE: 91/100

Annuario L. Maroni

2015 Italy

Score: 95/100

Wine Advocate

2015 U.S.A.

Score: 94/100

Antonio Galloni

2015 U.S.A

SCORE 95/100

James Suckling

2015 U.S.A.

SCORE 94/100

Falstaff

2015 AUSTRIA

SCORE 92/100

Wine Spectator

2015 U.S.A.

SCORE 91/100

Daniele Cernilli

2015 ITALY

Score 95/100 & Year's Best + 100 Best Wines of the Year

Wine & Spirits

2015 U.S.A.