Guado al Tasso (Antinori) - Matarocchio 2013
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Tasting Notes and Scores
The 2013 Matarocchio is perhaps the most stunning wine I have yet tasted from the prolific portfolio of Italy's most important producer: Marchesi Antinori. This pure expression of Cabernet Franc comes from the family's Bolgheri estate Tenuta Guado al Tasso. I tasted the wine after it had been in bottle for 18 months. It is set to be released in September and less than 4,000 bottles were produced. Matarocchio was not made in 2014. Cabernet Franc is quickly becoming a headline grape along the Tuscan Coast, and this beautiful creation builds a rock-solid case for that claim. The bouquet is deep and penetrating with delicious and succulent aromatic layers that peel back in slow succession. Blackberry and dark currant is followed by tar, licorice, leather and delicate mineral tones that resemble polished river stone. There is spice, pepper and sweet clove. The best part, however, is the elegance and veritable lightness shown in the mouth. The wine is indeed structured and richly concentrated, but it feels so much lighter on its feet compared to the bulkier 2011 vintage that I tasted alongside for comparison. The wine's drinking window will remain wide open for many more years. (Monica Larner)
The 2013 Matarocchio, 100% Cabernet Franc from Guado al Tasso, is deep, unctuous and powerful, but also very much closed in on itself. There is good depth to the dark plum, black cherry, spice, leather and cedar-infused flavors. This is an especially flamboyant, opulent style, even within the context of Bolgheri. Even so, there is good varietal character. Two thousand thirteen is a vintage of tightly wound wines. It will be interesting to see if the Matarocchio blossoms with more time in bottle and integrates its 90% new oak.