2014 Antinori "Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato" Toscana

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 The 2014 Bolgheri Il Bruciato, the entry-level wine from Antinori's Guado al Tasso property, is powerful, juicy and intense. Then again, Antinori was extremely severe in 2014. The Cont'Ugo and Matarocchio will not be bottled at all, while production of Guado al Tasso is down sharply. This is an absolutely delicious wine for the year within its relatively modest (by Bolgheri standards) price range. (AG)  (11/2016)

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 A bright, pure version, this red evokes cherry, currant and spice flavors, with well-integrated, if dusty, tannins lining the finish. Firm but has the requisite fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2017 through 2024. (BS)  (9/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Translated into English, “Guado al Tasso” means “Badger Ford”—sounds like an Australian winery! Perhaps it would have been better to just leave it mysterious. Anyway, the “Ford” is located in Bolgheri (pronounced BOWL-ga-ree), a Tuscan coastal village that has become famous as the home of renowned wineries such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. The Guado al Tasso estate, run by Piero Antinori, has been in his mother’s family for centuries and was once more than 10,000 acres. Today it is 2500 acres that spread from the seashore up into the hills. Piero’s mother’s sister married Mario Incisa della Rocchetta; the couple received the Sassicaia estate as part of the dowry. In classic Italian fashion, the Guado al Tasso estate is not just wine. Wheat, barley and oats are planted, along with olive groves and forest where they raise free-range pigs. Bolgheri was known for rosé wines until the 1970s, when Sassicaia became world famous as part of the Super Tuscan phenomenon. Guado al Tasso first produced wines of the 1990 vintage and soon became one of the big names in the region. As if the Antinori name wasn’t big enough there already, Piero’s brother Lodovico started Ornellaia, and his cousin is over at Sassicaia. In 1994 the area was given its own DOC based on Bordeaux varietals, in an effort to standardize the concept of Super Tuscan. The 2014 Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 15% Syrah. To increase the fruit aromatics, part of the Merlot and Syrah is fermented separately at lower page 6 D’Amico winery has a dramatic setting near the town of Orvieto. In the cellar at Guado al Tasso, you can’t miss the Antinori name. page 7 temperatures. The wine doesn’t have the sweetness that I find in California wines. With this vintage there is more earth and leather. Try this wine with a Tuscan T-Bone and live like an Italian.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5