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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Syrah
Late autumn and winter were mild in temperature with frequent rains which saturated the ground soil and kept it cool. Bud burst took place in early April, the normal period, and the successive phases of vine growth and development took place in a regular fashion thanks to the mild temperatures and low levels of precipitation of May and June. Summer, instead, was characterized by frequent rainfall and by temperatures which, up until the harvest, were not particularly warm. This led to delays in ripening and a need for a rigorous selection of the grapes both during picking and on the sorting table in the cellar.
The grapes which were selected come from range of vineyards which cover over 200 acres (80 hectares) and completely express the character of the Bolgheri production zone. The fermentation, which took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenting tanks, lasted for ten to fifteen days and took place at temperatures held to a maximum of 82-86° Fahrenheit (28-30° centigrade). A part of the Merlot and Syrah must was fermented at lower temperatures to better conserve varietal aromas. The malolactic fermentation took place partly in stainless steel tanks and partly in oak barrels and terminated by the end of the year. The wine was then racked and went back into barrel, where it aged for an additional seven months before it was bottled. A further four month period of bottle aging preceded commercial release.
The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometres) to the southwest of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. The property, approximately 2500 acres (1000 hectares) in size, extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the inland hills and includes, in addition to 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, wheat, barley, and oat fields and olive groves in addition to woods which are utilized to raise Cinta Senese pigs, a prized local breed.
A rich and pleasurable wine on the nose with notes of sweet spices, toasted coffee, and ripe red berry fruit. The wine is elegant and balanced on the palate with good length and a highly pleasurable fruity finish and aftertaste.
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