Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2013 (4.0/5)

Second wine from Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia).
The grapes, coming from a variety of soils, are hand picked within the first weeks of September, aiming for freshness and finesse rather than overripe powerful expression of Merlot and Cabernet. Gentle crushing and de-stemming are followed by temperature-controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stain steel vats. Skin contact lasts couple of weeks and malolactic conversion is completed before moving the wine in French (and for a small part American) oak barrels, where aging is continued for 15 months.

Tasting Notes:
The wine appears deep ruby with good tears. On the nose it's clean and still quite reticent, with notes shifted more on the red fruits side than the black fruits one, hints of cedar and spices and some mediterranean herbs.
On the palate is dry, with medium and very fine (silky) tannins, balanced acidity, medium alcohol (I like this is quite low compared to peers), med+ body. Med+ finish.

Very Good quality, it's approachable now but, in my opinion, it needs time to fully express its considerable potential. It should gain complexity in the next 5-10 years and should keep evolving for even longer. This is a promising Guidalberto made for the long haul. High Price. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, IGT Tuscany, Italy.


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