2 x Each of the 3rd wines from Ornellaia, Tenuta San Guido & Antinori
Pound for pound these wines offer as much value as you can find in the wine world. These 3rd labels from three of Italy's most famous names all use the same wine making methods as the illustrious top wines of their relevant estates (Ornellaia, Sassacaia & Guado al Tasso) and also some of the same fruit.
There seems to be a renewed focus on quality. Tenuta San Guido 'Le Difese' 2018 in particular has moved on significantly, showing the same ethereal quality on the nose and varietal tea-leaf quality as Sassacaia. Ornellaia 'Le Volte' 2018 is upfront and rustic, with robust fruit and oak, expertly matched and integrated. Guado al Tasso 'Il Bruciato' 2019 is as usual, supple but racy with a new high-toned character and lucidly clear fruit quality.
More than ever before these wines are offering different shades of Bolgheri, and they have all taken a massive step towards creating their own identity and stepping out from the considerable shadows of their auspicious siblings. STSWine