The 2016 vintage was characterized by a warm winter during which excellent reserves of ground water were accumulated in the soil during the rains of late February. The vines began their growth cycle slightly ahead of normal seasonal averages and were assisted by a sunny spring with normal temperatures and rainfall for the season. Summer was warm, but without excessive peaks of temperature. The ripening phase saw warm and sunny days followed by cool nights which favored the accumulation of aromatic substances and a proper balance between sugars and acidity. The harvest took place in mid-September and terminated in the late-ripening parcels in early October.
Each single vineyard parcel was picked separately on the basis of the ripeness level of their grapes in order to create a vast gamut of individual lots of Vermentino with different aromas and flavors to work with. The grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing as soon as they arrived in the cellars. The must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures maintained at 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots were systematically evaluated and then selected for the final blend. The wine was bottled in January 2017.
The first vintage of the Guado al Tasso estate’s Vermentino was in 1996. The property is located some 50 miles to the southwest of the city of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. In the Tuscan Maremma. The estate stretches for approximately 2500 acres (1000 hectares) from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the inland hills. In addition to the vineyards, which give the principal crop, there are, in addition, wheat, corn, and sunflower fields and olive groves as well.
Straw yellow in color with greenish highlights, the wine shows intense and fragrant aromas which recall citrus fruit, candied fruit, and passion fruit. The flavors are well supported by the acidity and by the mineral sensations, which add savor, length, and persistence.