elevated tannic power of the other varieties and, finally, the Petit Verdot supplied that light touch of spice which completed the bouquet. This is a concentrated wine, one of great class and elegance, a wine capable of a very lengthy aging and positive evolution in the bottle.
Blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 18% Merlot.
Guado al Tasso was produced for the first time in the 1990 vintage. The wine takes its name from a curiosity: at the Guado al Tasso estate, on occasion, one can see badgers (“tasso” in Italian), normally shy animals, fording streams on the property. The Guado al Tasso estate is located at approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) to the southwest of Florence, at the gates of the medieval village of Bolgheri in the upper part of the Tuscan Maremma. The property, 2500 total acres (1000 acres) in size, extends from the Tuscan coast to the hills in the interior, where the vineyards are cultivated on stony and slightly calcareous soils.
The 2018 Guado al Tasso is silky, delicate and exceptionally polished. I can’t remember tasting another Guado like it. Medium in body and gracious, the 2018 offers up a compelling mélange of dark fruit, chocolate, cedar, licorice and dried herbs, all in a mid-weight style that is incredibly appealing. The 2018 has just been bottled, so it needs time to bounce back. I can’t wait to taste it with a bit more time in bottle. Vinous – 95+