100% Cabernet Franc
2011 was a vintage characterized by a cool July and a warm early spring with temperatures above seasonal averages. Bud burst was slightly early but quite uniform. Spring, on the whole, enjoyed a normal climate while summer, until early August, was cool and slightly rainy, factors which led to a long ripening cycle without vine stress of any sort. The heat of late August, though mitigated by the nearby presence of the Mediterranean Sea, caused slight irregularity and variability in ripening time and a minor loss of production as well. September weather was milder, with occasional light rainfall, weather which allowed the Cabernet Franc to complete its ripening in a perfectly uniform fashion, guaranteeing exceptionally concentrated and flavorful grapes with superb tannins.
The crop was picked entirely by hand into 15 kilogram (37 pound) packing cases and was then brought to the cellars where it was sorted and selected twice, once before and once after destemming. The grapes were then given a soft pressing and a cold five day maceration on their skins at 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was then allowed to begin and temperatures to rise to 77° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade); skin contact lasted a total of 30 days, well beyond the transformation of sugars into alcohol. After fermentation the wine went into 100% new 60 gallon French oak barrels of various provenance, where it completed its malolactic fermentation by the end of the year. The period of oak aging lasted 18 months, and during this period each individual barrel was carefully observed and controlled. At the end of the aging period it was decided to bottle (at 14° alcohol) only those barrels whose wine showed a superior integration with the oak.
The Guado a Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. The property, with an overall surface area of some 2500 acres (1000 hectares), extends from the Tyrrhenian sea to the inland hills and cultivates, in addition to its 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives. The vineyards are located between 150 and 200 feet (45-65 meters) above sea level on rocky and slightly calcareous soils. The first vintage of Guado al Tasso was the 1990.
The 2011 Matarocchio is a wine of rare concentration and refinement. The nose is very intense and complex with notes of chocolate, blackcurrants, and blackberries along with varietal aromas which confer a unique personality. The palate is rich, silky, and deep.
Super 3 stelle