Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Il Bruciato, DOC Bolgheri, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, 2013
This wine: a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, with syrah; fermented in stainless steel, aged for 7 months in wood, natural cork closure, Oakham Wines, £25 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: meaty-toasty-black berries on the nose, broadening to spicy, savoury, and red berry compote; medium-full bodied with high(ish) alcohol but well-balanced, with a palate of black berries, with a dried berry slightly savoury dimension and an edge of black liquorice. Medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a meaty-bloody note, toast edged black currant, ripe black cherry, warm sweet oak, spicy, savoury, low-key beeswax, fleeting whiff of violets, stewed red berries, sweat (really), warm leaf humus, a low-key funky-tobacco whiff.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, a sweetness of ripe fruit in mid-palate, with flavours of black cherry, black berry, black currant, dried currants, stewed black berries, lightly savoury, touch of black liquorice, touch of sweet wood. Medium (+) length, with a clean ripe black berried moderately grippy finish, with a slight funkiness on the end.
Quality: very good, balanced acidity with ripe firm tannins, which suit the medium-high alcohol, sympathetic to the decent flavour intensity and concentration; showing moderate complexity, with a tertiary dimension, good flavour concentration, following into a slightly disappointing medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has ageing potential over say 2-4 years.