Producer : TENUTA SAN GUIDO
Tenuta San Guido arguably founded the Super Tuscan wine movement after the second world war. They kick started a so called ‘Italian Wine Renaissance’, with their seminal ‘Sassicia’ wine, which still continues to this day. Breaking appellation laws in Italy is a risky business. Planting foreign grapes, rejecting local traditions, and going against the grain, means resulting wines will be classified no higher than a basic table wine. With vineyard space commanding high prices, and people wages to pay, dissociating with ‘Chianti’ or ‘Brunello do Montelcino’ can cripple the expected buying price of a bottle. Yet that’s what Tenuta San Guido did, making beautiful Bordeaux grape blends to a standard that now rivals equivalent first growths.
‘Guidalberto’ is the essentially the ‘second wine’ of Sassicaia, made from slightly younger vines and designed to be more approachable in its youth. 2011 was an incredibly hot vintage, which resulted in very dense and powerful reds, that nonetheless still maintain a marked freshness.