Country: Italy Region: Tuscany
Varietal: 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot
Vintage: 2017 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Tenuta San Guido
Mario Incisa was inspired by his great-uncle Leopoldo Incisa della Rocchetta to create Sassicaia. Mario’s son Nicolò, the director of Tenuta San Guido for forty years, was similarly inspired by his great-great-great-grandfather Guidalberto della Gherardesca – a pioneer of modern agriculture who lived in Bolgheri – to create this wine. Guidalberto enjoyed its first outing in 2000 and has been snapped up by collectors ever since. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this sensational wine is designed to showcase the international grape varieties that made this estate famous, but it can also be consumed at a younger age than Sassicaia. Silky, laden with black fruit, crème de cassis and spicy oak, this is an absolute stunner.
Tenuta San Guido are the team behind the legend that is Sassicaia, widely acknowledged to be the first Super Tuscan and a catalyst for an Italian winemaking revolution. A wine so controversial it was relegated to a table wine by the restrictive DOC regulations, only to prove so successful and highly revered that it was granted its own DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia – the only single estate to receive this privilege. The first Italian wine to receive 100 points from Robert Parker, a red that regularly beats Bordeaux’s First Growths in blind tasting competitions and according to Decanter Magazine: “One of the greatest wines in the world, famed and feted for its timeless elegance, balance and longevity.” Wines like Le Difese and Guidalberto provide a glimpse into the awesome world of Tenuta San Guido, but at a lower price point than their more famous sibling, Sassicaia.
90-93 points, “The 2018 Guidalberto, tasted from an approximate blend from barrel, is positively stellar… A rush of black cherry, plum, spice, leather and liquorice graces the 2018 with striking depth and nuance. Light on its feet and deep, the 2018 has a lot to offer. In many years, Guidalberto can be a rather rich wine, but in 2018 it is very closely aligned with the house style.” – Vinous