Scalabrone

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri Rosato DOC

Blend

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

Climate

After a rainy and fairly cold autumn and winter and winter, spring and summer 2003 will certainly be remembered as among the hottest and driest in recent years.
Thanks to the dry, mild weather in spring, budding was promising and slightly earlier than average for all varieties and the conditions were subsequently escellent for flowering and fruit setting. From June onwards throughout the summer, the weather conditions were unusual with very high temperatures and absolutely no rain.
As a consequence, the grapes ripened early and immediately after 15th August the earliest ripening varieties showed very high sugar levels, due to a sort of natural auto-concentration. Production quantities were slightly lower due to the lack of water, especially where emergency watering was not possible.
This trend continued steadly during the harvesting period, allowing us to wait for the best moment to pick the fruit, thus avoiding risks of damage to the grapes.
The difference between night and day temperatures allowed the grapes to complete their maturation and to obtain a production with optimun colours and structure.

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 : 12,5% 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).