Scalabrone

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri Rosato DOC

Blend

40% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 20% Syrah and other red varieties

Climate

In 2006 the harvest in Bolgheri was well-balanced, beginning in the first week of September with the earlier varieties - merlot first of all - which were perfectly ripe. The lack of rainfall (except for storms in late September), absence of stress caused to the vines by drought and the very ripe grapes made it possible for the harvest to be concluded within an ideal period of time, obtaining optimum ripeness from the varieties progressively harvested: cabernet franc, syrah, petit verdot and lastly (in late September and early October) cabernet sauvignon. The vermentino grapes were harvested in several stages (including an attempt at late harvesting) which yielded a very good to excellent standard of quality. We therefore expect Bolgheri wines rich in ageing potential from this vintage year.

Vinification

The grapes from the "Scalabrone" vineyard on the "Tenuta Guado al Tasso" estate in Bolgheri. Once harvested the bunches of grapes were destemmed and soft crushed immediately. Maceration took place at a controlled temperature (below 10°C) for 12-24 hours in order to obtain must with the right intensity of colour and without astringent hints. After a brief natural settling the clearest must was racked and began fermentation at a temperature below 18°C in order to preserve the fresh aromas of each variety intact. The wine obtained was kept in stainless steel vats at a low temperature without contact with the air until bottling. Alcohol : 12,0% 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

Bright peony pink colour. Fruity aromas with refreshing grassy hints. A well-balanced tangy palate with a nicely lingering aftertaste.