1998 Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore
*Ranked #6, Top 100 Wines of 2001* Wonderful balance here. Violet and berry aromas, with intense tarragon and currant character. Full-bodied and gorgeous, with wonderful finesse and subtlety. Very long. (JS)
Fruity and spicy with meat and dried herbs. Full and round with velvety tannins. Warm and decadent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bolgheri is the source for some of Italy's greatest proprietary red wine blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. No other region in the world (other than Pomerol and St.-Emilion) has produced such great Merlots. The 1998 Guado Al Tasso (a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/30% Merlot/10% Syrah blend) was fashioned from extremely small yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, spent 14 months in 100% new French oak, and was bottled with minimal clarification. Malolactic was also done in barrel, so the wood is nicely assimilated. The dense ruby/purple-colored 1998 offers a glorious perfume of coffee, chocolate, blackberries, cassis, and vanillin. Dense, rich, supple-textured, and fruity as well as elegant... (RP)
Very limited Super Tuscan from Piero Antinori, a Cabernet blend that comes from his vineyard across the street from Ornellaia and down the block from Sassicaia on the Tuscan coast.