Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2000
Wine EnthusiastThis wine towers over others in terms of excellence. This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah and other varieties (that sees 14 months of barrique) is the epitome of grace and elevates wine drinking to almost spiritual heights: The nose is horizontal, wide, vast and infinite with extraordinary tobacco, leather with fine cherry at its core and toasted almond and herbal notes at the extremities. The palate is treated to soft tones of vanilla, silky tannins and overall finesse that can be savored over long minutes.
Wine SpectatorThe ultimate wine for raw seafood. Beautiful aromas of tropical fruit, from mango to pineapple. Medium- to full-bodied, with loads of flavor and a long, crisp finish. Drink now. 1,800 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2000 Guado al Tasso, made at the house's Bolgheri vineyards, I regret to say, seems to indicate that this wine is going backwards. After an excellent 1998, the 1999 is not evolving particularly well in bottle and frankly, the 2000 is less than what one might expect. The nose, well spiced and herbaceous, is a bit green, and the tannins and acidity are both too prominent at the moment. Some bottle time may help, but only a born optimist could believe that this wine will completely straighten out. Drink: 2005-2015.