2020 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana

  • Baby Brother of Sassicaia
  • "Gorgeous Right From the Start" ~94 Points WinesCritic
  • "Can Enjoy This Young, but It Will Age Nicely Too" ~92 Points, James Suckling
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    About the Wine

    Tenuta San Guido is better known for its world-renowned, famous wine “Sassicaia,” one of the original Super Tuscan Wines. Guidalberto is the second wine or "baby brother" of this amazing wine. 

    There's a reason why we love second labels so much. Here's where you can find an amazing value: The pleasure of drinking an outstanding wine that shares terroir, and winemaking style with the main wine, with more approachability and without having to spend an arm and a leg. Guidalberto is crafted from declassified Sassicaia fruit and from other estate vineyards. 

    Guidalberto (who was a pioneer of modern agriculture in Bolgheri in the early nineteenth century) said, "this wine was created for two reasons: first of all, the desire to see what we could accomplish with Merlot, a grape that we had never used before; second, the desire to offer the consumer a wine which could be appreciated at a younger age compared to our veteran Sassicaia”.

    Mario Incisa della Rocchetta started a home wine project in 1948.

    Mario Incisa della Rocchetta started a home wine project in 1948. The Western coast of Tuscany is known for its beauty, and in the Sassicaia, pristine vineyards roll downhill toward the sea, interrupted by horses and Italy’s top bird preserve. Even in the 1930s, the Rocchetta family knew this was a special place, and it wasn’t long before Sassicaia changed the game by planting Cabernet Sauvignon where Sangiovese once stood. The rest is just history. 

    In the 1970's Marios son, Nicolo, and his nephew, Piero Antinori, started to commercialize the wine. In 1978, Decanter held a wine competition of great clarets of the world, and Sassicaia took first place. A star was born and the image of Bolgheri as an important producer of Bordeaux varietals in western Tuscany was confirmed. The name Sassicaia comes from "Sasso" which means "rocky field". In 2013, Sassicaia was awarded its own DOC. It is the only single, private estate in Italy to have such a prestigious designation.

    Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels. 

    Tasting Notes: 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 50 % Merlot. It shows beautiful aromas of ripe red and black berries and spicy oak notes. This is a full-bodied wine of intense red fruit flavors and an elegantly supple texture supported by ripe, silky tannins. 

    Reviews

    "Violent and profound Guidalberto tells his story in the 2020 vintage with a very dark profile reminiscent of black cherries, black plums, dark chocolate, burnt sage and marjoram. Fresh nuances emerge slowly with the passage of minutes in the glass, recalling a progressive balsamic made of withered white flowers and mandarin juice fused with green tones of peppermint. Full body, powerful and layered, it shows gracefulness and character with notable distension. Gorgeous right from the start but better from 2024." ~94 Points, WinesCritic.com

    Nice freshness on the palate with plums and berries and citrusy acidity. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a powdery texture. Hints of mushrooms. You can enjoy this young, but it will age nicely, too. Drink or hold. ~92 Points, James Suckling.

    The 2020 Guidalberto is taut and tight with plenty of tart cherry and wild berry. The wine offers great freshness and tension with bay leaf, spice, wild cherry and pressed lavender buds. There is a hint of black olive too. The blend is equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. ~92 Points, Robert Parker. 

    A lively, fluid red, displaying cherry, black currant, cedar, iron and spice aromas and flavors. Taut and balanced, with a slightly reserved finish today. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. 17,500 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. ~90 Points, Wine Spectator. 

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