The wine production of the Antinori family boasts, among its ranks, real wine monuments, able to warm the hearts of their fans around the world. On the other hand, it is still one of the oldest Maison, now in its twenty-sixth generation, with Albiera, Alessia and Allegra Antinori, daughters of the Marquis Piero Antinori, after more than 600 years of history. According to official sources, the founder, a certain Accarisio di Antinoro di Combiate, seems to have been the owner of agricultural land in the area of Passignano, halfway between Florence and Siena, as early as 1179. The official date that sanctioned the entry of this family into the world of wine, however, is 1385 when Giovanni Piero Antinori was admitted into the guild that protected the interests of Florentine wine producers, l’Arte dei Vinattieri.
Antinori’s wine must have been really good, so much that Francesco Redi, in 1685, praised its quality in his famous comic-lyric poem Bacco in Toscana. To get to the winery as we know it today, however, we have to get to 1898 when Ludovico and Piero founded the Marchesi L&P Antinori, with the aim of putting order and organize, in a centralized way, the various estates scattered throughout Tuscany. Since then, this farm has passed from the hands of Piero’s son, Niccolò, under whose impulse it was expanded with the purchase of the Castello della Sala, in Umbria, and then to his nephew Piero, a great innovator who, in addition to having conducted a wide range of experiments in the vineyard and in the cellar, stimulated his team to produce the great wines that made this House so famous.
Among the most important possessions is the Guado al Tasso Estate: 320 hectares of vineyards belonging to the Della Gherardesca family since the second half of 1600. This estate, which already under Guido Alberto Della Gherardesca, in the first half of 1800, began to acquire considerable fame thanks to the quality of the wines produced, constituted the dowry that, in the 1930s, was brought by Carlotta Della Gerardesca for her marriage with Niccolò Antinori.
When the DOC Bolgheri was created in 1994, the family became ready and began the production of the wine that took the name of the estate: Guado al Tasso. Unfortunately, the 2002 vintage was really difficult for the wines of Bolgheri and the quality of the harvested grapes did not allow to produce a wine at the height of the name that, in the meantime, the Guado al Tasso had earned, so it was decided to create a new wine with the few grapes available, burnt by the sun; so it was that Il Bruciato (=burnt) was born.
It is a product that over time has formed a solid reputation of second vin, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah that, after a delicate destemming and a soft pressing, ferments and macerates for 10-15 days in steel tanks, at controlled temperature. Within the vintage of the harvest, there is also malolactic fermentation (part in barrique and part in steel), followed by an aging in barrique before bottling and marketing.
The 2018 vintage, with a slightly delayed harvest, due to a fairly cool and rainy vintage, has an intense ruby color of pleasing consistency, with an olfactory range that starts from notes of durone, wild blackberry, cooked plum and tomato concentrate, followed by mint, licorice, leather and sweet tobacco, with slightly boisée echoes. The taste is extremely balanced, enveloping, with a good softness in counterpoint with the fresh-balsamic note and the silky tannins, all supported by the return of the sweet fruit and spice that accompany the sip until a good length closing.
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