Guado Al Tasso 2020 Bolgheri Doc Superiore Marchesi Antinori
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and sometimes a small proportion of Petit Verdot to represent the elegance, complexity and structure of the Bolgheri terroir. It has been produced since 1990 from vineyards located on alluvial, clay-sandy to clay-loamy soil with the presence of Bolgheri agglomerate (skeleton).
The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter and sporadic rainfall. The sudden return of cold weather in March, marked by a frost that occurred at the end of the month, did not cause significant damage except in some younger Cabernet Franc vineyards that, as usual, have earlier budding. These climatic conditions favored a slight decrease in production without affecting the quality of the grapes in any way. Since mid-April, temperatures have risen and spring has continued steadily, favoring good flowering and fruit set, which occurred in late May and early June. The summer was generally hot, dry but without heat spikes. Beginning in the fourth week of September, there was a tendency for cool weather with sporadic light rains that continued through October, providing excellent temperature ranges between day and night. Harvest began on September 4 with Merlot and continued with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from mid-September until early October.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were selected at two separate times: before and after destemming, to ensure that only perfectly ripe berries reached the fermentation tanks. Like every harvest, individual vineyard plots were divided into many small harvest plots according to the weather pattern of the year, distinguishing them by grape characteristics and vinifying them separately. Fermentation and maceration took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 15 to 20 days. After racking operations, the wine was transferred directly to barrels, where, by the end of the year, malolactic fermentation took place. In February the best vinified plots were selected and merged. Guado al Tasso was then transferred back to new French oak barrels where it remained to age until bottling in June 2022.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and sometimes a small proportion of Petit Verdot to represent the elegance, complexity and structure of the Bolgheri terroir. Guado al Tasso has been produced since 1990 from vineyards located on alluvial, clay-sandy to clay-loam soil, with the presence of Bolgheri agglomerate (skeleton).
Guado al Tasso 2020 has a deep ruby red color. The nose is striking with notes of small fruits
blacks, sweet spices, toasted wood and underbrush. The palate shows a tannic texture of splendid harmony, refinement and persistence. A wine already enjoyable in its youth, perhaps even more so than the previous vintage, but capable of improving and evolving over time with a few more years of bottle aging.