40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah
The 2015 vintage was characterized by abundant winter rainfall and a dry and mild spring. The bud break, considerably earlier than in 2014, was followed by an equally precocious flowering. The first part of summer saw an important rise in temperatures which required an irrigation of some of the vineyard plots to balance incipient problems of drought-induced vine stress. Rains and lower temperatures during the second half of August assisted the ripening phase of the vine cycle, the accumulation of sugars, and the synthesizing of aromatic substances. Picking took place during the month of September.
The grape varieties were picked and fermented separately, The grapes, once in the cellar, were destemmed and given a soft pressing, and the must macerated in the press on its skins for a mere three to five hours in order to avoid astringency. The must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at a temperature of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots were carefully and systematically evaluated at a month’s time after fermentation and then blended together. The wine was bottled in January of 2016.
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 Tuscan Maremma. The property, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) in overall size, extends from the Tuscan coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the inland hills and consists, in addition to the 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, of fields of wheat, corn, and sunflowers, and olive groves as well. The vineyard takes its name from a Bandit, Scalabrone, a sort of local Robin Hood, who attacked ships in the port and canal of Bolgheri in the early 19th century.
The wine is a brilliant peony pink in color, a bit light in shade. The nose is intense and rich with sweet fruity notes which recall cherries and raspberries which are balanced by light sensations of herbs which enliven the bouquet. The flavors are fresh and balanced with an long and fruity finish and aftertaste.