Matarocchio

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Blend

Cabernet Franc

Climate

The 2013 vintage enjoyed, on the whole, cool weather, particularly during the spring months. The summer, warm and sunny but without excessive peak temperatures, assisted in a positive growth of the grapes on the vine and a regular vegetative development as well. The month of September was characterized both by fine sunny days and by nights which were cooler than usual, ideal conditions for a good balance between the ripeness of the structuring elements, accumulation of sugar, and aromatic development.

Vinification

The grapes were picked by hand and, after a careful selection process, berry by berry, they were given a soft pressing and a cold pre-fermentation maceration. The fermentation then followed and the wine transferred into new French oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and aged a further 18 months. At the end of the aging, the finest barrels were selected, their wine blended together, and the finished wine bottled.

Historical data

The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence, near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri in the northern part of the Tuscan Maremma. The estate, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) extends from the coast to the inland hills; in addition to the grapes, the crops include wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives. The vineyards are situated at altitudes between 150 and 200 feet (45-60 meters) above sea level and are planted on rocky, slightly calcareous, soils. Guado al Tasso was produced for the first time in the 1990 vintage.

Tasting notes

Matarocchio expresses a highly pleasurable and intense varietal personality and character. The nose shows enchanting sensations of mint, sweet spices, black berry fruit, tobacco, and toasted coffee. The palate is rich in velvety textured and supple tannins, long and persistent, but vibrant and bracing in style as well.