Guidalberto Toscana IGT 2018

Tenuta San Guido

Guidalberto Toscana IGT 2018 play

Region: Italy / Tuscany
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.

90.5 Points

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2018 vintage
92 Points

2018 vintage
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harvest note

After a rather mild and dry autumn, winter temperatures dropped a lot, helped by the cold north winds. This period was characterized also by lack of rain, except for a few rainy days in February. Since the beginning of March, the beautiful sunny days and the substantial increase in temperatures anticipated the budding. However, temperatures dropped again in April, when the long-awaited rains arrived. It is thanks to these spring rains that it was possible to re-establish the water reserve of the subsoils. Two short hailstorms during two days in April thinned the shoots and slightly reduced the amount of production, especially for the more precocious Merlot. The continuation of spring was also somewhat unusual, as it was characterized by temperatures below the seasonal norm and persistent rains, accompanied by north winds. This climatic condition has kept the agronomists and country staff very busy. It also has affected the vegetation by delaying the growth of the shoots and consequently, also the flowering. Around mid-June, good weather arrived, with mild temperatures, sunny days and intense ventilation. A perfect condition for the phenological phases of the vine. Flowering was slightly delayed to May, and took place in optimal conditions with no winds. The result was an excellent, regular and complete fruit set.

tasting note

This enticing red offers alluring aromas of fragrant purple flowers, dark-skinned berries and crushed mint. The elegantly structured palate doles out succulent blackberry, orange zest, licorice and saline notes set against taut, refined tannins. It’s nicely balanced by fresh acidity.

technical data

GRAPES: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
PH: 3.52
ACIDITY: 5.95 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: French oak barriques and 20% of American oak barriques, for a period of 15 months. Subsequent fining for 3 months in glass before release.

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 +
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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.

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