I've been tracking the increasing percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend of this iconic Tuscan wine. The 2019 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is made with 25% Cabernet Franc with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. That this heat-resistant grape now makes up a quarter of the blend speaks to how vintners are gearing up to counter climate change. These are intelligent choices and you can count on this wine to maintain that level of extreme elegance and intensity that it is known for (even when Merlot was a bigger part of the blend). Indeed this is a new and improved Guado al Tasso with focused aromas of pencil shaving white pepper and crushed stone that frame a rich core of black fruit. A fluttering of dried mint gives lift and power to the bouquet. This is a beautifully linear and powerful red blend. The Cabernet Franc-based Matarocchio was not produced in the cool and wet 2018 vintage. I have reviewed the 2019 Bolgheri Superiore Matarocchio although this wine won't hit the market until 2023.
The 2019 Guado al Tasso is a model of total refinement. Deeply pitched spice mocha and leather nuances meld into a core of plush dark fruit as the 2019 reveals its considerable charms. The aromatics alone are mesmerizing but the 2019 has so much more to offer. I admire the wine?s balance and allure both of which it has in spades. Like so many 2019s Guado al Tasso is a wine more of energy and persistence than volume. Clean bracing mineral notes linger on the sublime finish. The 2019 spent 18 months in barrel 90% new. -- Antonio Galloniv