Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore wine review: from Bolgheri with love
Antinori’s Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore is a wine that we kept in the cellar for many years. Tasted in 2013 it was extremely woody, jammy, intense with powerful tannins, but still very far from perfect balance, from harmony, from those evolved tertiary notes that today it can offer.
It is not easy to keep a bottle in the cellar for 5 years, you always want to uncork it to see what we got and although the wine is still fresh and the tannins are firm and slender, it has certainly managed to transform all that extract, a dense and tannic thickness in a much more melodic and harmonious symphony.
First of all the color is a wonderful garnet. Then the fruit is mature, rich and dense, but never over-ripened, however, it has lost much of its initial “vinosity”. The tannins have mediated and become sharp, although the wine still has a rocky structure. Freshness is lively but no so aggressive, less sharp, but above all, are the tertiary aromas that will intrigue you.
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 was born in the homonymous estate, in the north of the Maremma, not even 100 kilometers from Florence, a stone’s throw from the beautiful village of Bolgheri. You all know Bolgheri’s history: it is the Italian Bordeaux, the soils are pebbly, slightly calcareous, winds are coming from the sea, so why not plant Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot? And since the birth of Sassicaia, the time has passed…
But back to our Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore: it is a typically Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, so we are dealing with a rich and intense wine, drinking it immediately would be madness. After the harvest of the separate crus, the grapes are pressed and then fermented for 15-20 days and then the wine is aged in new barrels for 14 months, plus 10 months in the bottle.
The result is a wine that today, in 2019, is very fascinating, at times balsamic, spicy and with warm fruit, but never over-ripe or jammy, indeed there is a certain basic austerity that makes it fascinating.
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore bouquet
The nose is still very spicy with notes of tobacco, coffee, and sweet spices, but the fruit begins to emerge with clarity: plums, blueberries in spirit, then undergrowth, fine herbaceous traces, eucalyptus, flowers, china and closes with licorice and rhubarb. If we want to find something to complain about, but not a defect, it is the slightly oppressive smokiness: as a wine, it is crystallized and not very natural in its expressiveness, the aging in cask has shaped it clearly, slowing down its aromatic development. It is a stylistic choice and is a matter of taste, but if we always talk about terroir, earth-vine-man-climate-cosmo-karma and then we model the wine so heavily, everything is reduced to a forced aesthetic search.
The flavor of the Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore
Warm, powerful, broad but moving between a successful balance between acidity that is still lively, powerful but fine tannins and roundness that as always remains austere and does not let the explosive fruit drift away. Long finish, excellent thickness, the wine is balanced, but with this richness, it is a wine that could easily age for 10 years more.
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore Price
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri DOC Superiore food pairings
It is a structured and tannic wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is dominant, so offer it a sacrifice of grilled meat, pulled pork, brisket, ribs with bbq sauce, burgers with melted Brie. But it is also excellent with black truffle risotto, passatelli with Parmigiano fondue and truffle, bucatini all’amatriciana, roast beef, hamburger.