Il Bruciato

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC

Blend

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Syrah and other red grape varieties

Climate

The climate of the 2010 vintage was, on the whole, somewhat cooler and rainier than the normal seasonal averages; this, along with a positive summer season, led to a lengthening of the phase of vegetative development and delays in the ripening of the grapes. These conditions assisted in maintaining acidity levels at a higher level than usual and gave aromatic notes tending towards much purity of fruit.

Vinification

The grapes, once picked and selected, come from a an ample group of single plots and parcels which extend over the estate for approximately 80 hectares (200 acres) and express the typical characteristics of the Bolgheri appellation. The fermentation and maceration took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted from ten o fifteen days at temperatures between 28° and 30° centigrade (82°-86° Fahrenheit). A part of both the Merlot and the Syrah musts were at lower temperatures in order to better conserve varietal aromas. The malolactic fermentation took place in small oak barrels and was completed by the end of the year. The wine was racked and then, once again, went into barrel for a ten month aging period, after which it was bottled at 13.5° alcohol. A period of bottle aging before release then followed.

Historical data

The Guado al Tasso estate is located at approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the city of Florence, virtually at the gates of the medieval village of Bolgheri. The property consists of close to 1.000 hectares (2500 acres) and extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the hills in the interior. It includes - in addition to some 300 hectares (750 acres) of vineyards - of oat, barley and wheat fields, olive groves, and woods in which a herd of Cinta Senese pigs (a prized local breed) roam and is raised.

Tasting notes

The nose shows notes of leather and tobacco, followed by black berry fruit. The palate begins with velvety sensations, a firm structure, and good balance and features much length and persistence.