Tenuta San Guido
2011 Guidalberto Toscana IGT
Kind of a huge deal
The Tuscan estate of Tenuta San Guido released their first Sassicaia, the world’s first Super Tuscan, in 1968. It took them nearly 30 years to develop a worthy understudy but, under their Guidalberto label, they’ve crafted today’s delicious, approachable and affordable masterpiece. Sassicaia wines are never drinkable upon release. They require a decade or longer before they are ready to enjoy. Today’s wine is a Baby Sassicaia, which means that it is ready to drink now. The wine is still very age-worthy, but unlike its grandfather, Sassicaia, this wine can be enjoyed upon receipt.
Decant this youthful but very well balanced wonder for optimal results, and you’ll be rewarded with a more elegant experience with softer flavors, better presence of fruit and fuller aromatics.
Deep, foreboding garnet at the center of the glass, with a pink ruby rim at the very edge. The wine trails elegantly down the glass after a swirl.
A beautiful nose, with everything you love about this kind of Italian varietal. Briar notes of wild blueberry and blackberry are trailed by anise, sweet cedarwood, softened leather, hints of black licorice, black pepper, and clove.
An irresistibly delicious wine, with a nearly perfect balance of fruit, earth, and spice. The palate leads with fruit flavors of blackberry, sweet plum, and blueberry laid overtop earth notes of fresh berry bramble, sweet tobacco leaf and freshly fallen leaves. The flavors are rounded out by spicy herbal notes of black pepper, sage, and rosemary.
Silky, smooth, and supremely elegant on the finish, this wine has fantastic cellaring potential. Well structured, with just enough tannin, the finish lingers, with the fruit and earth giving way to subtle pomegranate herbal tea notes at the very end.
Braised beef short ribs, served with grilled sweet plums.
What the Winery Says
The 2011 vintage was truly exceptional; one of the best vintages since 2000. Winter was cold, with below-average temperatures, especially in November and January. The early Spring’s mild temperatures and plenty of gradual rainfall without wind spurred vegetative growth of the vines. Summer was long and hot with average temperatures, except in July when it was warmer. Thanks to sufficient diurnal temperature shifts, the vines didn’t suffer and the grapes were not overly mature.
A second wine from the producers of Sassicaia, the famous Super Tuscan. With an intense ruby-red color, the wine has profound aromas of red and black fruits. On the palate, the wine’s dense structure is balanced and elegant, with a silky presence, relatively low alcohol and noble tannins. In the mouth, this wine is long and persistent.
92 Point Review - The Wine Advocate Made with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot, the 2011 Guidalberto opens to dark, rich concentration and beautiful aromatic intensity. You really feel the weight and importance of the wine thanks to its shapely aromas of dark fruit, plum, spice and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is incredibly supple and the rich density is long lasting. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
92 Point Review - James Suckling Aromas of fresh mint, berries and currants. Full body, with chewy tannins and a berry, vanilla, chocolate and currant aftertaste. This is a very beautiful wine from the makers of Sassicaia and a fraction of the price of the big wine. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40 % Merlot.
90 Points - Wine Spectator A lean, taut red, firmly grounded by dense, fine-grained tannins, with cherry, berry, spice and black pepper aromas and flavors. The finish echoes with fruit and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese.
- Graziana Grassini
- 92 Points - Wine Advocate, 92 Points - James Suckling, 90 Points - Wine Spectator
- Tuscany IGT, Italy
- Fruit Variety
- 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
- 15 months in French and American oak
About the Winery
Hailed as the standard-bearer of Italian enology, the historic Tenuta San Guido estate is known for crafting Sassicaia, the world’s first Super Tuscan and an important contribution to Italy’s evolving reputation as a fine-wine producing nation in the mid-20th century. From the ambition of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta to plant Bordeaux varieties in Tuscany in the 1940s to the arrival of acclaimed consulting oenologist Giacomo Tachis to the introduction of two additional wines to the brand, Tenuta San Guido has vaulted from success to success.