Saturday, December 1, 2007

Review and Rating: *** Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto,

This super-Tuscan is considered the "baby" or "second growth" Sassicaia. It is made by the same producer from vines mostly obtained from vineyards adjacent to Sassicaia. The 2005 Guidalberto was composed of 45% each of cabernet and merlot, with 10% sangiovese. Half of the cabernet actually comes directly from the same vineyards as Sassicaia.

In the glass, this Guidalberto is a mid deep burgundy in color, dark but not opaque. The nose, interestingly enough, is almost Napa-like, full of oak and fruit. Not the dark, burnt nose I sometimes expect from an ageworthy Tuscan. I suppose that should not be TOO surprising with 90% of the blend being Bordeaux-style grapes of cabernet and merlot.

On the palate, this has nice fruit, even body, lean but noticeable tannins. Does need time, but I'm inclined to find my way back to it again. A 2005 is a very young trial for this. Three stars out of five at this time.

Wine Spectator gives this 90 points, and says, "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberry and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Needs time to develop in the bottle, but hard not to drink now."

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