Tenuta San Guido is located in the town of Bolgheri in the province of Livorno in the Tuscany region of Italy.
The winery is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in the production of Super Tuscan blends. They produce three red wines, utilizing several varietals and different blends. The wines, from most expensive to least, are Sassicaia, their premier red blend, Guidalberto, and Le Difese.
The 2009 San Guido Guidalberto is a red blend, composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese. The wine was aged in French and American oak barriques for 12 months, followed by an additional 3 months in the bottle. The wine had an IGT classification. The label listed ABV was 14%.
I had previously enjoyed the 2008 vintage of Guidalberto. After tasting the 2009 version, I can unabashedly attest this wine has become one of my favorites.
I gave the wine a one hour decant.
Aromas from the glass included minerals, dark fruit, and cherries. They were harmonious, mingling together like friends at a party, not competing with each other for attention (that is always a good sign – with wine, at least).
My first sip brought forth a burst of fruit flavor. Black fruit and cherry were accompanied by undertones (I actually think I got the word “undertones” from a wine class or book. Does that word ever come up in everyday speech?) of pepper and a touch of oak. The tannins were incredibly calm. This was a well-made wine, so balanced.
The wine had a long finish, bringing fruit, pepper, and those tame tannins with it. Very nice.
I paired this wine with salmon teriyaki (yes, I do strange things). It went fabulously. It would go well with any grilled or roasted meat or fowl. It is bold enough to stand up to most sauces or gravies. I am having trouble coming up with a dish that would not go well with Guidalberto (that doesn’t happen every day).
The 2009 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto retails anywhere from $35 to $45. It is a solid buy in that price range. This is a great bottle of wine.