1997 Antinori "Guado al Tasso" Bolgheri Superiore

SKU #990672 96 points Wine Spectator

 Dark ruby red. Intense aromas of currant, flowers and leather. Opulent. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and powerful fruit. Layered and beautiful on the palate. This has a long life ahead of it. I would still give it a few more years. (JS, Web-2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full black-ruby. Very ripe, complex aromas of raspberry and blackberry, along with licorice, creme anglaise and nicely integrated oak. Explosive on the palate: very dense and rich and notably more alcoholic than usual, with warm, enveloping flavors of berry fruit and light oak. Finishes firmly tannic, yet velvety and very long. Offers strong potential. (DT)  (7/2000)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 ntinori turns an impressive hat trick with another winning offering. Full cherry-plum and chocolate flavors display an intriguing olive-herb note. It’s plush on the tongue, with round, supple tannins; the black fruit and tobacco flavors flow effortlessly into the long finish with its full, mouth-coating tannins.  (9/2001)

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Super Tuscan