Region: Tuscany, Italy
Producer: Tenuta San Guido
Varietal: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Appellation: IGT Toscana
Drinking Window: 2024-2033
Alcohol Content: 13% Vol
Scores (if you care about): Robert Parker: 92/100; James Suckling: 92/100
(Ofcourse, people always say, the second born sometimes gets more than her fair share of love 💕).
But you still need to make your own mark 🎯 Yet Guidalberto, in less than two decades has done just that. Regularly traded in the same league as the big boys from Tuscany and Bordeaux, it seems fame 🏆 sits pretty easy with Guidalberto 🙌
I get the producer's inspiration and reason why the bottle was born but not as much the reason for the blend (a blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot). A logical one would have been a blend similar to Sassicaia (Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc).. Also would have been an easier sell as a second wine vs a second label.
So our own theory (pardon and, indulge us on this one @Sassicaiawinery) is while Sassicaia was the reason for being, maybe the success of the cousin Ornellaia also had something to do with the inspiration, apart from the terroir ofcourse.
We certainly had our own unique moment when we opened an Ornellaia 2010 and a Guidalberto 2013 (among others) the same night for tasting. After six hrs of decanting and when all the guests had left, I casually walked up to the bottles and poured a glass from the left over. After 5 mins, when I took my first sip, I was shocked at how beautiful and smooth the Guidalberto had become. So much so I walked back to the bottles to check i indeed poured myself a glass of Guidalberto and not Ornellaia.
If you are yet to try or have still not heard of this second label from Sassicaia stable, you have been working way too hard!!!
Give yourself a dose of this inspired effort! Kudos to the producers for launching a bottle that is also so approachable on pricing for regular drinking 👏 🙏👌🍷
Do your wine buds a favor, get a Guidalberto 🍷, like now!
Tasting Notes & Reviews:
“The 2020 Guidalberto is taut and tight with plenty of tart cherry and wild berry. The wine offers great freshness and tension with bay leaf, spice, wild cherry and pressed lavender buds. There is a hint of black olive too. The blend is equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.” 92/100, Monica Larner, RobertParker.com, Jul’2022
"Nice freshness on the palate with plums and berries and citrusy acidity. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a powdery texture. Hints of mushrooms. You can enjoy this young, but it will age nicely, too. Drink or hold." 92/100, James Suckling, Apr'2022