Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2022

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Born from the same lineage as the legendary Sassicaia, Guidalberto was first created in 2000 by Nicolò, the son of the estate's proprietor, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta. Its name pays homage to Nicolò's great-great-great-grandfather, Guidalberto della Gherardesca, a pioneer in Bolgheri's modern agricultural landscape during the early 19th century. He is famous for planting the iconic cypress alley that inspired the poet Giosuè Carducci.

  • Country - Italy
  • Region - Tuscany - Bolgheri
  • Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Food Match - Beef & Steak, Duck, Hearty Stews, Mediterranean Cuisine, Veal
  • Vintage - 2022
  • Alcohol - 14%

The 2022 is a very elegant vintage of Guidalberto. The palate is complex; juicy red berries are layered with darker, more dense black fruits that add richness, alongside fresher herbal notes. Just emerging are hints of dark chocolate and cedar, which promise to develop even further with time. With a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot blend, this wine offers a more approachable and fruit-forward expression of the Tenuta San Guido terroir, although it will continue to age exceptionally for the next decade at least.

Bolgheri - Tuscany

A new DOC in the coastal Maremma region, Bolgheri first rose to prominence during the 1970s with the emergence of the so-called Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia and Sassicaia. Having won universal acclaim and selling for unprecedented prices, the authorities relented and awarded Bolgheri its own DOC. The actions of the Super Tuscans inspired a generation in Italy, even if some of the wines here have lost a little of their lustre since.


This vintage is intriguingly complex, yet delivers relatively early drinking pleasure. The growing season, characterised by intermittent warm spells and rainy patches, followed by a dry, sun-soaked summer, allowed for full ripening and high-quality fruit. This has resulted in an excellent wine exuding distinct dark berry notes, well-integrated tannins, and a fresh salinity that lends itself to a myriad of occasions.

“Lots of mint with sage and fresh rosemary to the currant and orange character on the nose, as well as some ripe raspberries. The palate is very refined with creamy and crunchy tannins that run the length of the wine. It shows a crunchy and energetic personality. Give it a year or two to come together, but it’s showing brightness for the vintage.

Drink after 2027.” - 94 points, James Suckling MW.