Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Climate

The 2012 vintage was, on the whole, warmer than the previous one. The early months of the year were marked by a February snowstorm, a very unusual event for the Tuscan coast. Bud-burst took place quite regularly despite the scarce rainfall during the spring and summer. Early September rainfall, fortunately, pushed the ripening of the grapes forward, assisting the achievement of a high quality crop. The 2012 vintage demonstrated, once again, that the Bolgheri production zone can produce excellent wines even in very hot years: the morphology of the territory and the nearby presence of the sea mitigate high summer temperatures and help prevent vine stress that could compromise ripening and proper balance in the grapes.

Vinification

The harvest at the Guado al Tasso estate is carried out exclusively by hand, with the grapes picked into small, fifteen kilogram packing cases. The grapes are inspected on two different occasions: first, on the sorting table, only entirely healthy and undamaged grape bunches are selected and then, after destemming, the berries are chosen, one by one, to insure that only perfectly ripe grapes finish in the fermenting tanks. As in every vintage, the crop is fermented vineyard block by vineyard block and parcel by parcel on the basis of the specific characteristics of each single plot. Fermentation and skin contact lasted for 15-20 days and were carried out in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After the wine was run off its skins, the finest lots went directly into new, 60 gallon French oak barrels where they also were put through a complete malolactic fermentation. Subsequently, after a year of aging, the finest lots were blended together and aged for a further six months in oak before bottling.  

Historical data

Guado al Tasso was produced for the first time in 1990. It takes its name from a curious phenomenon: at the Guado al Tasso estate it is often possible to spot badgers, normally shy animals, crossing the fords of the streams which run through the property, and this is recalled in its name. The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence, near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri in the Upper Maremma. The 2500 acre (1000 hectare) property extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the inland hills, where the vineyards are cultivated on rocky and slightly calcareous soils. 

Tasting notes

A wine of ample aromatic impact with notes of mint, mocha, plums, and spice which follow and fuse with one another in a movement of constant energy and development. On the palate, the tannic texture is exceptionally full and silky. A wine of true profundity, length and elegance. 

Awards

James Suckling

96/100

2015 USA

Wine Advocate

95/100

2015 USA

Wine Spectator

95/100

2015 USA

Antonio Galloni

95/100

2015 ITALIA

Falstaff

94/100

2015 AUSTRIA

Wine Enthusiast

92/100

2015 USA

I vini di Veronelli

Super 3 stelle

2015 ITALIA

I vini dell'Espresso

16,5/20

2015 ITALIA