Grapes: 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon 40 % Merlot
Guidalberto is a second wine from the producers of the legendary Sassicaia. Grapes are harvested and transported to an independent cellar. Fermentation takes place separately for each variety in temperature-controlled steel vats before undergoing maceration. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels and refined in bottle before release.
Wine & Spirits2013 vintage
Wine Spectator2013 vintage
2013 was a good vintage year. Autumn and winter were marked by temperatures above the seasonal average. We had a remarkable water supply due to the rains fallen in November, January and especially in February, when the cold set in. March was also characterized by below average seasonal temperatures and frequent rains so that the the spring started in late April. These weather conditions caused a delay of the budding: until mid-June temperatures were below the average making the plants grow slowly and gradually. This climatic trend changed at the end of the month and the temperatures rose to the highest peaks in July. Some sporadic night rains, fallen in late July, helped the plants to grow and enriched the replenishment of water reserves in the ground. The fruit setting was perfect with berries well distributed on the bunches. The alternating, high and low, temperatures between night and day created an optimal condition from the beginning of veraison until the complete ripening of the grapes. The night breezes brought freshness to the grapes and thus favored the perfumes, present in musts, too. During late August and September the weather was outstanding and the grapes arrived into the cellar ripe, crispy and above all healthy.
With an intense ruby-red color, the wine has profound aromas of red and black fruits. On the palate, the wine’s dense structure is balanced and elegant, with a silky presence, relatively low alcohol and noble tannins. In the mouth, this wine is long and persistent.
Pair with Bolognese and other meat sauce pastas, grilled pork and beef, and roasts.
GRAPES: 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon 40 % Merlot
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 5.6 g/l
AGING: 15 months mostly in French with some use of American oak barrels
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
points of distinction
- A second wine from the producers of Sassicaia, the famous Super Tuscan.
- More accessible at an earlier stage, Guidalberto is a blend that includes 40% Merlot, to add roundness and a silky texture.
- The debut vintage was 2000.
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
The overwhelming success of Sassicaia, and now the introduction of two new wines, traces back to the ambition of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta to plant Bordeaux varieties in Tuscany in the 1940s.