A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Guidalberto is a thick, food-friendly blend that opens with bright ripe fruit and cherry as well as green herb and spice. It’s soft and plush on the close with lasting ripe fruit flavors.
From the makers of Italy’s legendary Sassicaia, this 70-30 Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend delivers sweet cherry aromas backed by vanilla and tobacco. This wine has shown a great improvement over the years it has been produced.
Starts with a confusing nose of tobacco, smoked ham and overt leather and animal aromas; a staid, simple wine this is not. The palate, which has a feel that’s thick and chewy, is bulked up with baked black fruits. The finish, meanwhile, is dark, with berry flavors and fading spice. The blend is Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese.
Almost catches the upper echelon, but some burnt, grassy character on the nose holds it back just a little. That said, the wine sings with round berry fruit that’s accented by chocolate. Medium in weight and forcefulness. Very good but can be better.
Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with soft tannins and a lingering spice flavor on the finish. The bouquet is marked by cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco notes. The intensity is present but not overdone.
From the makers of the celebrated Sassicaia super Tuscan, Le Difese is a less formal wine at a very attractive price. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Sangiovese and the wine shows bright fruit nuances with layers of wild berry, mineral and light shadings of spice. It ends with crisp freshness as well.
Guidoalberto is the “pocketbook-friendly” alternative from the same estate that makes Sassicaia. But for $60, you could ask for more. This is a chewy, succulent wine with good length on the close. The aromas are awkward in places with espresso, chocolate yogurt and a touch of cheese rind.
This edition of Le Difese (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese) doesn’t show the same aromatic clarity as past vintages. It does however offer notes of spice and cherry fruit. It’s bright and easy-going on the finish.