1997 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Superiore

Scores: 90+ CT:91.7 IWC:92 JR:17.5 RP:88 WS:96 AVG: 91
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Unit: 75cl

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Three international varieties that have picked up a healthy dose of Italian flare. The fruit is ripe and sweet with hints of dark chocolate, balsamic and fig jam.
, Jan 2000, 92
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.

, Dec 2069, 17.5
Deep crimson but with a clear rim. Smells definitively Tuscan rather than anything like Bordeaux. Ripe and dense but with a vegy overlay. Prune flavours; if someone told me this had Sangiovese in it I wouldn’t be surprised (my reaction, admittedly, when I have tasted Antinori’s Col Solare in Washington state). Chewy and very dry. Very competent but not especially charming.

, Feb 2000, 88
The 1997 Guado Al Tasso reveals young vine (average age 12 years) characteristics. Although complex aromatically, it falls short in the mouth. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, fruitcake, and black currants compete for the taster's attention. On the palate, the wine is spicy and medium-bodied, but compressed. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

, Jan 2007, 96
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. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009.

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Type Red Wine 紅酒
Grapes Red Blend
Country Italy
Wine Region Tuscany
Sub region Bolgheri
Appellation Bolgheri Superiore
Producer Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori)

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