Antinori Guado al Tasso 2004
Guado al Tasso, meaning literally "Badger's Ford", takes its name from a common sight at the estate of Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Bolgheri, where it is produced. The vineyard is at an elevation between 44 and 58 metres (145 and 190 feet) above sea-level on stony, slightly calcareous soils. Tenuta Guado al Tasso is located 60 miles southwest of Florence, near the medieval village of Bolgheri, in an area... View More
Luscious, modern and concentrated, this wine delivers chocolate, exotic spice, succulent cherry, currant berry and lively buoyancy. It also has some notes that recall rubber or latex, but those don't distract. On the heels of that are thicker, more enticing notes of campfire, toasts and cedar that taste so good over the wine’s toned, well-built structure.
The 2004 Guado al Tasso reveals a layered, nuanced texture filled out by the generous warmth of Bolgheri. Full-bodied and ample on the palate, it offers plenty of sweet dark fruit, licorice, Tuscan herbs and chocolate, with outstanding persistence as well as balance, which is especially evident in a mature use of oak. The 2004 is an opulent and beautifully poised Guado al Tasso that will offer much pleasure over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
Intense aromas of black pepper, spices and ripe fruit. Slightly raisiny, but complex. Full-bodied, silky and rich. Stylish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and others. Best after 2010. 6,665 cases made.