2013 Tenuta Belguardo Maremma Toscana (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1305120 95 points Wine Spectator

 A red of great purity and polish, offering black cherry, blackberry, spice and herb flavors, this evokes tobacco, graphite and leather nuances as it builds nicely on the palate. Finishes with grip, harmony and complexity, as well as terrific length. (BS)  (5/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 Very polished red here with blueberry, hazelnut and floral character. Medium body, fine tannins and a bright finish. Persistent on the palate.  (7/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Succulent red cherry, raspberry jam, flowers, mint and new French oak meld together in the 2013 Tenuta Belguardo. Forward and open-knit, the 2013 will drink well with minimal cellaring. The 2013 is not particularly complex, but the purity of the fruit is striking. This is a strong vintage for the flagship Tenuta Belguardo, Mazzei's Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. (AG)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2017 | Send Email
Coastal Tuscany has been the center of the Super Tuscan revolution for decades; the warmer, more consistent climate allows the late ripening Cabernet Sauvignon a chance for complete physiological maturity. The initial burst of Super Tuscan activity was near Bolgheri but since that time the more southerly coast near Grosseto, about an hour drive south of Bolgheri, has become a hotbed of growth. One of these producers the Mazzei family, owners of Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti Classico, bought land in the early 1990’s in the hills just a bit south of Grosseto. The family looked for years for the right location to buy and found it, the property lies nestled in the gentle hills less than 10 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Tenuta Belguardo is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in French barrique. The wine’s nose is classic cabernet, pencil shavings, cassis with bits of cigar box but behind it some dense fruit. On the palate the wine has the breadth one would expect in Cabernet but its Tuscan heritage adds length to balance, more fruit shows on the palate than in the nose and it is deeper and darker. The finish is fine, elegant balance with a bit of lift in the finish. Super wine, capable of aging for 20 years.
Drink from 2017 to 2033

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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.


- 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.


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Super Tuscan