2014 Tenuta San Guido "Guidalberto" Toscana (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1309623 94 points Decanter

 The second wine of Tuscan legend, Sassicaia. If you like Bordeaux, you will love this – a riper, modern take on the French style. The blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot aged in French and American oaks offers up ripe, almost sweet, fruits with layers of black cherry, blackcurrant, liquorice and spice. A luxurious mouthfeel with cocoa-dusted tannins make this a great food wine and is truly incredible value for the quality. Another winner from Tenuta San Guido.  (12/2016)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Guidalberto is lively and forward in the 2014 vintage, with scents of fresh rose petals, lavender and sage. The fruit feels just on the right side of ripeness, the tart sour plum and early summer cherry notes buoyed by cool acidity, and trailing notes of fresh tobacco and eucalyptus in their wake. Serve it with a spring pasta dish, like farfalle tossed with peas and pancetta.  (4/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A lean, tightly wound red, offering black cherry, black currant, wild herb and mineral aromas and flavors. Harmonious and concentrated, with a long, fresh finish that echoes fruit and mineral details. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2024. (BS)  (7/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Made with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this delicately fragrant wine offers alluring scents of dark-skinned berry, purple flower and a whiff of cedar. The bright light-bodied palate offers red currant and star anise framed in racy acidity and lithe tannins. (KO)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2017 | Send Email
The 2nd wine of Sassicaia is perfect for folks who appreciate the fine elegance of a classic Super Tuscan but without the lofty price tag. This has earthy cherry fruit, a woodsy middle of dried flowers and herb and an almost Chianti-like minerality on the fine finish. The dusty berry aromas and flavors are clean, linear and packed with nuance on this precise and focused wine.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is subtle, sophisticated and understated claret…yes claret; it’s a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot! One notices the refined character of the nose; the aromatics are Cabernet dominant with cassis, herb and earth drifting from the glass. However it is on the palate the one sees the exquisite winemaking skill here, not a piece out of place, long, polished; medium to full-bodied and in its current stage of evolution the wine shows more earth, leather and herb characters. This is Sassicaia’s second wine and you really see the superb lineage, viticultural care and pedigree, when the wine hits your tongue its palate presence is really evident, it is regal, long elegant and subtly austere. Perfect for you New York steak off the grill or with some aged cheese.
Drink from 2017 to 2024

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
Tenuta San Guido "Guidalberto" Toscana, this is one of my favorite producers from Tuscany ( With the Guido, it has to be Bene’ ). This is their "Super Tuscan" - a very user friendly wine, the blend is made with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, and lots of dark skinned fruit with spice, minerals that complete each other on the nose and palate. The wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
I love this latest release from the makers of Sassicaia as it truly expresses the more elegant side of Cabernet and Merlot. Their 2014 is a testament to great winemaking in a more challenging vintage as it is not only aromatic and refined but also very expressive and persistent with juicy black currant fruit, a silky mouth-feel and a lengthy finish. Bordeaux fans will especially appreciate this modern take on a Claret.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
Crafted to enjoy while you let your Sassicaia age, Guidalberto has stepped out from the shadow of its Grand Vin in the past few years and become one of Tuscany's most recognizable labels for reliable Bordeaux-inspired blends. The 2014 has a beautiful pure ruby color with aromas of cranberry and a soft touch of vanilla. The palate is lifted with vibrant acidity that highlights pure red fruit and carries a lingering finish. It is rocking and ready to go even at this early stage, and our pricing is one you'll rarely see for this renowned label.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5