Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto IGT 2021


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Region: Tuscany
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
First Glance: Velvety, Blue Fruited, Purple Florals
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
Often called the 'baby Sassicaia', Tenuta San Guido's Guidalberto is a marvel in itself. Being of the Super-Tuscan style, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, before gentle pressing and destemming into stainless steel vats for a temperature controlled, natural yeast fermentation. Macerated for 16-18 days, with frequent pump overs to extract colour and tannin. The wine was aged in barrique for 15 months, a mix of French and American oak, 40% of which was new. 

The Review:
Decanter  - 95pts
"According to Tenuta San Guido’s director of winemaking, Carlo Paoli, the 2021 is the best Guidalberto he has ever made. The percentage of Merlot was reduced back to the typical 40% this year because the quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon was so good. The 2021 Guidalberto is very deeply coloured, almost black with a narrow purple rim. It took an hour or so to really open up, but when it did, it had a wonderful range of aromas and flavours. Cassis and blueberry, blue flowers, and violet and iris notes are followed by a palate full of perfectly ripe blackberries and blueberries wrapped in gentle, cream flavours. This is a wine of velvety richness balanced by vivid acidity, with very pure, focused flavours and aromas. Delightful!"