Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
Guidalberto is 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 Enthusiast2017 vintage
A very hot year that will probably be remembered as one of the driest after 2003. Although the autumn started with rains and temperatures above the seasonal average, December and January were very cold with freezing temperatures during the day, accentuated by strong northern winds and no rain. The cold temperatures contributed to the natural elimination of pests and fungal diseases of the vine. The low rainfall of the winter season was not enough to supply the water resources of the subsoil. Summer months were characterized by sunny days and hot temperatures. Fortunately, the daytime sea breezes, alternating with nocturnal winds coming from inland, brought refreshment to the vines. This prevented them from suffering the lack of water or thermal stress. The veraison began in mid-July and the climatic trend anticipated the maturation of the grapes. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the grapes could nicely developed the aromatic component in their phenolic maturation. Healthy, crunchy and well-ripened grapes produced musts that are not excessively rich in structure, considering what was expected from this vintage.
The 2017 Guidalberto is dark, sumptuous and quite powerful. Even with the extremes of the punishing growing season, the 2017 comes through beautifully, showing remarkable clarity and precision. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice notes are pushed forward, but it is the wine's structure that gives energy and a real sense of direction. Time in the glass brings out an attractive red berry and floral character that adds freshness.
Pair with Bolognese and other meat sauce pastas, grilled pork and beef, and roasts.
GRAPES: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 5.95 g/l
AGING: The wine was mostly aged in French oak barrels and partially American oak barrels for 15 months
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.13 g/l
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 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.