Cont'Ugo

Climate

The early months of the year 2012 were rather cold and were marked by abundant snowfall during the month of February, an unusual phenomenon along the Tuscan coast. Bud-burst took place in a regular fashion, but with a relatively small number of potential grape bunches. The final period of spring and the initial period of summer were hot and dry, limiting as a consequence the growth and development of the bunches and leading to a small production per vine. This weather, in addition to the low fertility, led to a 20% reduction in the size of the crop. If the crop was small in size, quality was higher than might have been expected in so torrid a vintage – excellent grapes, a bracing acidity, and, above all, high level tannins. The 2012 vintage demonstrated, once again, that the Bolgheri appellation can produce excellent wine even in the hottest years. The morphology of the terrain and the nearby presence of the sea succeed in mitigating high summer temperatures and preventing the vine stress which can compromise a balanced and proper ripening of the grapes.

Vinification

The choice of the grapes was made from the over 100 acres (40 hectares) of Merlot in the estate’s vineyards. After hand picking and a careful selection in the cellar, the grapes fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for a period of 25 days. Fermentation temperatures were regulated on the basis of the ripeness level of the various lots: some at lower temperatures to maximize aromatic freshness, others at approximately 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade) to fully bring out structure and richness. The different styles of Merlot went separately into oak barrels for aging. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrel – 30% new - as well and was completed by the end of the year. After eight months of oak aging, the wine was blended and was then put back into barrels for a final four months of aging. Bottling preceded a six further months of bottle aging before commercial release.

Historical Data

The Guado al Tasso estate is located in the small, but prestigious, Bolgheri appellation on the coast Tuscany’s Upper Maremma, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence. This appellation has a relatively short history (it was created in 1994) but can boast a worldwide fame as a reference point wine on the international scene. The estates covers an area of about 320 hectares (790 acres) planted to vines, in a splendid plain surrounded by hills known as “the Bolgheri amphitheater” for its particular geographical conformation. The Guado al Tasso vineyards consist principally of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Vermentino grapes. They enjoy a mild climate due to the nearby presence of the Mediterranean Sea, constant breezes mitigate summer heat, and the rigors of winter clear the sky and maintain a high degree of solar light and radiation. Cont’Ugo is produced exclusively from Merlot grapes in order to interpret the territory of Bolgheri from a new perspective. The vineyards, situated at an altitude between 150 and 200 feet (45-60 meters) above sea level on clayey-loam soils prevalently of alluvial origin, gave Cont’Ugo great depth and complexity while conserving the fragrance and richness of fruit which are typical of Merlot.

Tasting Notes

The nose of the wine shows intense notes of plums, cherries, and raspberries in addition to wild berry fruit and spices. The palate is distinguished by its roundness and amplitude. A wine of great drinking pleasure and depth, characterized by a finish and aftertaste bursting with fruit.

Awards

Wine Enthusiast 92/100 USA Antonio Galloni 93/100 USA I Vini di Veronelli Tre stelle Italy

Cont'Ugo 2012

The Wine

Cont’Ugo is produced entirely with Merlot as a new interpretation of the Bolgheri territory. The vineyards grow at an altitude that varies between 45 and 60 meters (147/196 feet) above sea level on clay-loam soils that are of alluvial origin that give the wine deep complex notes while preserving the fragrance and freshness typical of Merlot berries.

Cont'Ugo 2012

The early months of the year 2012 were rather cold and were marked by abundant snowfall during the month of February, an unusual phenomenon along the Tuscan coast. Bud-burst took place in a regular fashion, but with a relatively small number of potential grape bunches. The final period of spring and the initial period of summer were hot and dry, limiting as a consequence the growth and development of the bunches and leading to a small production per vine. This weather, in addition to the low fertility, led to a 20% reduction in the size of the crop. If the crop was small in size, quality was higher than might have been expected in so torrid a vintage – excellent grapes, a bracing acidity, and, above all, high level tannins. The 2012 vintage demonstrated, once again, that the Bolgheri appellation can produce excellent wine even in the hottest years. The morphology of the terrain and the nearby presence of the sea succeed in mitigating high summer temperatures and preventing the vine stress which can compromise a balanced and proper ripening of the grapes.

The choice of the grapes was made from the over 100 acres (40 hectares) of Merlot in the estate’s vineyards. After hand picking and a careful selection in the cellar, the grapes fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for a period of 25 days. Fermentation temperatures were regulated on the basis of the ripeness level of the various lots: some at lower temperatures to maximize aromatic freshness, others at approximately 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade) to fully bring out structure and richness. The different styles of Merlot went separately into oak barrels for aging. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrel – 30% new - as well and was completed by the end of the year. After eight months of oak aging, the wine was blended and was then put back into barrels for a final four months of aging. Bottling preceded a six further months of bottle aging before commercial release.

The Guado al Tasso estate is located in the small, but prestigious, Bolgheri appellation on the coast Tuscany’s Upper Maremma, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence. This appellation has a relatively short history (it was created in 1994) but can boast a worldwide fame as a reference point wine on the international scene. The estates covers an area of about 320 hectares (790 acres) planted to vines, in a splendid plain surrounded by hills known as “the Bolgheri amphitheater” for its particular geographical conformation. The Guado al Tasso vineyards consist principally of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Vermentino grapes. They enjoy a mild climate due to the nearby presence of the Mediterranean Sea, constant breezes mitigate summer heat, and the rigors of winter clear the sky and maintain a high degree of solar light and radiation. Cont’Ugo is produced exclusively from Merlot grapes in order to interpret the territory of Bolgheri from a new perspective. The vineyards, situated at an altitude between 150 and 200 feet (45-60 meters) above sea level on clayey-loam soils prevalently of alluvial origin, gave Cont’Ugo great depth and complexity while conserving the fragrance and richness of fruit which are typical of Merlot.

The nose of the wine shows intense notes of plums, cherries, and raspberries in addition to wild berry fruit and spices. The palate is distinguished by its roundness and amplitude. A wine of great drinking pleasure and depth, characterized by a finish and aftertaste bursting with fruit.

Wine Enthusiast 92/100 USA Antonio Galloni 93/100 USA I Vini di Veronelli Tre stelle Italy

Tenuta Guado Al Tasso

Tenuta Guado Al Tasso

The Guado al Tasso estate is located in the small but prestigious Bolgheri DOC, on the coast of upper Maremma, about one hundred kilometers southwest from Florence. This appellation has a relatively recent history, DOC Bolgheri was approved in 1995 and since then it has become an internationally recognized reference point for the Italian and international winemaking arena. The estate covers an area of 320 hectares (790 acres) planted with vines, set in a beautiful plain encircled by rolling hillsides known as the "Bolgheri Amphitheatre" due to its particular shape. The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Vermentino. The nearby sea provides a mild climate with constant breezes that mitigate summer heat and alleviate harsh winter weather, maintaining a clear sky and a high level of sunlight exposure.

Soil

Soil

Alluvial in origin, soils vary from sandy-clay to silty-clay and in some areas the presence of very fine gravel called scheletro (also known as agglomerate from Bolgheri).

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