2001 Antinori "Guado al Tasso" Bolgheri Superiore
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tenuta Belvedere is the Antinori property in Bolgheri, once part of an enormous estate from which the vineyards of both Ornellaia and Sassicaia were carved out. After an excellent 1998, the wines of both 1999 and, particularly, 2000 were significantly less successful, but the 2001 Guado al Tasso should help forget this temporary unevenness. A dense ruby with purple highlights, the wine is loaded with aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, minerals, sage, and thyme. The wine is more fragrant and more finely-spun than Antinori’s other Bordeaux wine, Solaia, but there is no lack of concentration and density here, though both are tempered by a satiny texture and polished tannins which are all elegance and breed. Drink: 2006-2021. (DT)
Silky and refined, with blackberry, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with a solid core of tannins and a refined finish. Reserved and structured.
Wine & Spirits
From Antinori's coastal project, this wine blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Syrah to reach a satisfying richness. The herbal tobacco scents keep it tuned to Cabernet; that, together with the sleek, earthy finish, makes it feel very British, the kind of wine 007 might drink with a steak.
Excellent deep crimson – very healthy looking. Very good vintage. In all Antinori wines except Solaia, they extended maceration. Much more concentrated and mineral on the nose than the 1998 – seems much much more youthful. Almost salty. Pretty big and bold! But velvety and fun. Lots of tannin and muscle! Still a little dusty but there is (just) enough freshness on the end. A pretty dramatic wine! Should be long lived. (17/20 points)