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Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto: 2001-2021 vertical

‘Having tasted a range of Guidalberto vintages at this London vertical, I feel that the wine is improving even more with recent vintages,’ says Susan Hulme MW. Read her report below.

The first vertical tasting of Guidalberto, Tenuta San Guido’s Merlot-based wine, took place in March 2023 in London, hosted by UK importer Armit Wines alongside Priscilla Incisa della Rochetta from the estate.

Tenuta San Guido is world-famous for Sassicaia, the Cabernet-based blend from Tuscany which was first released onto the market in 1971 with the 1968 vintage, and quickly became one of the world’s most sought-after wines.

In 2000, Tenuta San Guido released the first vintage of Guidalberto. Originally it was intended to be a more affordable and approachable wine, making it more accessible to a wider audience at a much earlier stage in its evolution. That is still the case today, but when the team were tasting some of the earlier vintages at the estate, they discovered that Guidalberto showed a surprising capacity to age.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for eight Guidalberto vintages between 2001 and 2021

The name Guidalberto celebrates an ancestor of the Incisa family, Guidalberto della Gherardesca, who lived in Bolgheri in the early 19th century. He was not only a pioneer in agricultural practices but was also responsible for the planting of the Viale dei Cipressi, the famous 5km-long cypress avenue that has become the symbol of the Bolgheri area.

Guidalberto 2021 & seven older vintages tasted and rated

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