Il Bruciato Bolgheri on the nose shows intense aromas of red berry fruit of excellent expressiveness and focus which are followed by lovely notes of sweet spices. On the palate, the wine is balanced and harmonious and of exceptional overall drinking pleasure.
Denomination: DOC (Bolgheri)
Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah
Aging Potential: 5 to 10+ years
The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometres) to the southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri. The property, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) stretches from the Tyrrhenian seacoast to the interior hills and includes, in addition to more than 750 acres of vineyards, terrain utilized for the cultivation of wheat, barley, oats, and olives and woods where a herd of Cinta Senese pigs, a prized local breed, graze in the wild.
The early months of 2012 were rather cold and were marked by significant snowfall in February, something somewhat unusual for the Tuscan coast. Bud burst was nonetheless regular, even if the number of bunches per bud was rather small. Late spring and early summer were very warm and dry, leading to berries of small dimension and limited production per vine. This, in addition to the low fertility already noted, led to a 20% drop in production. If production was too low, the overall quality was unexpectedly higher than what could be expected from a torrid vintage – excellent fruit, a bracing acidity, and, above all, high quality tannins. The 2012 vintage demonstrated, once again, that Bolgheri can give excellent wine in hot vintages. The contours of the terrain and the nearby presence of the sea succeed in mitigating torrid temperatures and contribute to preventing vine stress which could compromise a proper ripening of the grapes.
Vintage Potential: 5 to 10 years or more
$ 39.00 (Minimum order 12 bottle X 750ml)
Available in British Columbia (Canada)