Guado al Tasso 2018 Magnum
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On the label of Guado al Tasso, as in that of the other wines of the estate of the same name, the Gherardesca coat of arms stands out, a tribute to the family of Carlotta, Piero Antinori’s mother and sister-in-law of Mario incisa della Rocchetta (Tenuta San guido), who inherited precisely this plot of land in the 1930s. Located at the foot of the “Bolgheri Amphitheater,” it covers about 1,000 hectares, 320 of which are planted with vines at an elevation of about 50 meters above the sea: sea breezes and large temperature ranges allow the grapes to ripen perfectly and impart a pronounced aromaticity to the wine. Here the composition of the soil is extremely heterogeneous and has prompted the winemaker’s scrupulousness to set up parceled winemaking (and to some extent aging), that is, distinct for each parcel into which the vineyards are divided. Only by analyzing the evolution of the individual grapes separately do we arrive at formulating the perfect mix, which they call the “masterblend” on the estate.
Guado al Tasso, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (sometimes also Petit Verdot), has a relatively recent history, dating back to 1990, and whose Bolgheri DOC appellation was first recognized only in 1994.
Thanks to its complexity and elegance, Guado al Tasso took little time to earn an international reputation and to stand out even in an area where there is no shortage of emblazoned labels.
At first glance it stands out for its deep ruby color and its incredible and varied bouquet of berries accompanied by menthol notes.
In the mouth it enters powerful yet delicate, with tannic support that consolidates an irresistible taste-olfactory complexity and takes it on an interminable journey. Stunning even now, it will be even more so in a few years.
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