Scalabrone

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri Rosato DOC

Blend

40% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 10% Syrah and other red varieties

Climate

The beginning of Spring was characterized by rainfalls and slightly above average seasonal temperatures which favored an early budding of the different varieties. The following weather conditions determined excellent flowering and setting, resulting in a full-balanced production .The excessive rainfalls which characterized most of the Summer, from mid July onwards, created some difficulties in the ripening of the grapes and their healthiness. Weather conditions were not stable during the last three weeks of harvest: favorable at the beginning (allowing the non-picked grapes to reach maturity) and characterized by rainfalls at the end.

The 2002 harvest has been one of the most difficult of the past years. In some areas we had excellent quality-wise production while in other areas results were not satisfying mainly due to the unfavorable climate conditions.

Vinification

The grapes used for this wine are grown in the vineyard known as 'Scalabrone' which is situated on the estate of '#Tenuta Guado al Tasso#' in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. After picking, the maceration of the Syrah grapes lasted about 12 hours, while the maceration of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes lasted for 24 hours at controlled temperature (less than 10°C). This produced a must rich in colour but without any trace of astringency. After decantation at a low temperature (10°C), the must was racked and alcoholic fermentation took place at about 18°C. After this, the wine was transferred into stainless steel tanks (taking care to avoid contact with air), until bottling.
Alcohol : 11,5% Vol.

Historical data

#Tenuta Guado al Tasso# is located 60 miles southwest of Florence, near the medieval village of Bolgheri, in an area known as the Maremma. The 900 hectares (2,223 acres) estate stretched up from the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the hills, and boasts vineyards, wheat, corn, sunflowers, tomatoes and olive trees.
The vineyard (and subsequent wine) was named after a bandit named 'Scalabrone' who was native to this area in the early 1800s. The wine, while classified as a rosé, is quite unique with a particularly intense colour and bouquet. Due to its limited production, at present it is only available on a few specific markets.

Tasting notes

Intense 'red rosé' in colour and full of fruity, strawberry aromas. On the palate, well balanced with a good structure.(Ideal as an alternative to red wine in the summer).