Antinori is one of the most important names in the world of wine, the family has been making wine in Italy for 26 generations. Marchesi Antinori produces some of the most iconic wines in Italy including the collectable Tignanello and Solaia.
Guado Al Tasso is Antinori’s Bolgheri estate producing powerful wines from Bordeaux varietals. Matarocchio is an incredibly rare single vineyard wine made entirely from Cabernet Franc. Such is the intensity of the grapes, the wine spends 18 months in new oak before bottling. But only the best barrels are selected for bottling. A pure bouquet of chocolate, violet and blackcurrent. The palate is powerful, dense and incredibly smooth. This is a wine built for the longhaul. Serve with rare steak with potato dauphinoise.
I was blown away by the 2011 Matarocchio (100% Cabernet Franc). From 15-year-old vines planted some 60 meters above sea level on the Tuscan coast, this wine is absolutely stunning, delicious and simply unforgettable. Only produced in 2007, 2009 and 2011, this third edition shows towering aromas of sensuous dark fruit, leather and tobacco. If Cabernet Franc is the darling grape of this appellation, Matarocchio is a reason why. The mouthfeel is penetrating and powerful, but seamless and silky smooth at the same time. The tannin management is excellent. This is one to keep in the cellar.
97/100 - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
Antinori's 100% Cabernet Franc 2011 Matarocchio is starting to give Guado al Tasso a run for its money as the best wine off the property. Expressive and beautifully delineated in the glass, the 2011 graces the palate with grilled herbs, smoke, new leather and black stone fruits. Cabernet Franc has proven to be exceptionally well-suited to the Tuscan coast. In this vintage, the Matarocchio really shines.
96/100 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Tasted September 2014)