Guado Al Tasso

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

Climate

The 2015 vintage was characterized by a winter of average coldness and a spring whose weather was mild and dry. The bud break, along with the flowering, as a consequence, was earlier than the preceding vintage. The first part of saw a significant rise in temperatures, which then came back into balance from the second half of August on, allowing the grapes to achieve a perfect state of ripeness.

Vinification

The harvesting of the grapes began on September 12th with the Merlot and terminated on October 9th with the Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were selected in two different moments: first immediately after picking and then after the destemming in order to insure that only fully ripe berries went into the fermentation tanks. As in every vintage, the individual vineyard plots were sub-divided into a series of smaller harvesting units on the basis of the weather of the growing season, distinguishing them according to the characteristics of the grapes and fermenting them separately. The fermentation itself took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted from fifteen to twenty days. After the wine was run off its skins, it went directly into small oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. At the end of the first year of aging in the new oak barrels, the wine was blended and went back into oak for a further six months of aging before bottling.

Historical data

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and occasionally a small amount of Petit Verdot to best represent the complex and elegant terroir found in Bolgheri. This wine has been produced since 1990 from vineyards on alluvial soils whose composition ranges from clay-sand to clay-loam with rocky deposits know as “scheletro”.

Tasting notes

The 2015 Guado al Tasso is characterized by a rich and complex bouquet with notes of tobacco, toasted coffee, and leather which fuse with the aromas of ripe berry fruit. The palate is a vibrant one, with both tannins and freshness well present to give savor and persistence. The finish and aftertaste are spicy and fruity, complete and fragrant. It is a vintage which a very important aging potential.

Awards

James Suckling

97/100

2018 USA