2011 Antinori "Guado al Tasso" Bolgheri Superiore

SKU #1233450 95 points James Suckling

 A dense, layered red with asphalt, berry and clove character. Figs too. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Needs time to soften.  (11/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Forever the superstar, the 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is a delicious wine that never holds back in terms of intensity and seamless integration. Every detail has been finessed. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Each vineyard parcel is fermented separately to maintain varietal identity. The wine’s appearance is dark and luscious with thick extraction and a vibrant dark garnet hue. Generous aromas of dark fruit, tobacco and chocolate lift steadily from the glass. The mouthfeel is soft and yielding with a great sense of tannic persistency that holds up the finish, which can be counted in many long minutes. Give this wine five years or more to fully evolve. (ML)  (10/2014)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 The 2011 Guado al Tasso is remarkably approachable for such a structured wine. Powerful yet refined tannins weave through flavors of blackberry, plum, black pepper, fennel and tobacco, providing structure without impeding flavor. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, including six months after blending. Silky and juicy, the flavors unfold in overlapping layers, spiraling upward with impressive energy and drive. Still fresh on the third day of tasting, this has a long life ahead even as it offers immense pleasure now.  (4/2015)

94 points Decanter

 The 2011 vintage was characterised by a spring and late summer which were warm and registered temperatures above normal. The heat of late August caused some irregularity in ripening, mostly in the case of the early ripening Merlot. This caused some loss of production. Renzo Cotarella says the tannin is 'less evolved'. Guado al Tasso 2011, indeed, is the dark side of Bolgheri; blackish in the glass, with black fruits, dark chocolate and cigar box aromas, full on the palate with a youth vintage-Port-like tannin yet a great depth and personality. (AF)  (8/2019)

94 points Vinous

 The 2011 Guado al Tasso impresses for its balance and overall harmony. Silky and gracious, the 2011 is built on pure texture and balance. Plums, mocha, espresso and dark spices all blossom in the glass. The 2011 is all about texture persistence. Although the 2011 drinks well young, I also think it will develop nicely in bottle. (AG)  (9/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Inky in color and flavor, with black currant and blackberry fruit, this is pure and focused, with well-integrated tannins and a saturated finish echoing the fruit. (BS)  (2/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Grilled herbs and coffee complicate ripe, smoky black fruits on the nose and palate. Soft and fleshy in the mouth, showing a high-pH mouth feel. The youthfully chewy, long finish features smoky tannins. One of the more successful Guado al Tassos of recent memory. (ID) 91+  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Luminous healthy crimson. Putty and minerals on the nose – most attractive fragrance. Very sweet and lively. And still thick and embryonic. Still pretty dense. (JR) 17.5/20 points  (4/2015)


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