Scalabrone

Vintage

Classification

Bolgheri Rosato DOC

Blend

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah and other black varieties

Climate

Thanks to a mild winter and higher than average spring temperatures, 2007 began with early foliage development. The unusually heavy rain in the second half of August cancelled the effects of the early development on ripening. September was sunny and dry with good temperature day-night variation, enabling the grapes to ripe perfectly and making it possible to carry out the harvest in each individual vineyard at the ideal time.

Vinification

The grapes from the "Scalabrone" vineyard at "Tenuta Guado al Tasso" at Bolgheri were destemmed and soft-crushed as soon as they were harvested. Maceration took place at a controlled temperature (less than 10°C) for 12-24 hours according to the variety, to obtain must with intense colour but no astringency. After a brief natural decantation the clearest must was racked and began fermenting. The fermentation temperature was kept below 18°C to help preserve the typical fresh aromas of each variety. The wine 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 situated about 80 Km south-west of Florence near the medieval town of Bolgheri, in Maremma. The 900-hectare estate extends down the Tyrrhenian coast to the hills and apart from 300 hectares of vineyards, other crops grown here include wheat, corn, sunflowers, olives. The vineyard and consequently the wine are named after the bandit "Scalabrone" who lived in this area in the early 19th century, a kind of Robin Hood figure who attacked ships in the old canal harbour Bolgher. This wine is a Bolgheri Rosato DOC with strong personality, and particularly vibrant colour and aromas.

Tasting notes

Bright peony colour, with fruity aromas and refreshing hints of raspberries. Well-balanced and tangy on the palate with a pleasantly fruity aftertaste, with a return of raspberries and wild roses.