The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated. Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.
Guado Al Tasso wine takes its name from a curious fact: at the Guado al Tasso estate one can occasionally see badgers (“tassi”), very shy animals, crossing the streams on the property. The estate is located some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri. 2250 acres (900 hectares) in size, it extends from the Tyrrhenian seacoast to the interior hills and, in addition to grapes, grows wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives.
2010 Guado Al Tasso vintage, with the exception of July, was characterized by essentially cooler and rainier than average weather. Bud burst, in mid-April, was a week later than normal and May was particularly cool and rainy, delaying bud growth. June and, above all, July were dry with temperatures above seasonal averages, assisting a partial recovery of ripening time.
This is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. The crop was handpicked into small packing cases. In the cellar, the grapes were manually selected both before and after destemming and then softly pressed. Each single vineyard plot was fermented separately in order to obtain a full range of wines. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 77° and 86° Fahrenheit (25°-30° centigrade). The nose shows excellent aromatic finesse and freshness with notes which recall rosemary, mint, red fruit and, lightly, liquorice. Very balanced on the palate, savory and long, the wine is potent and subtle at the same time, elegant and of great drinking pleasure.