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
- 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