Bolgheri Rosato DOC
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah
The 2010 vintage at Bolgheri was characterized by a climate during the growing season which was, on the whole, cooler and rainier than usual which, together with a warm summer, led to a prolonged period of vegetation and subsequent delays in the ripening of the grapes. These conditions favored a conservation of the acidity in the grapes well above average levels and a development of aromatic notes of pure and focused fruit. Characteristics which are the trademark of our style in rosé wines.
Each individual grape, grown in plots selected for their suitability to the variety and cultivated to maintain varietal character, was fermented on its own. The crop, once in the cellar, was destemmed and given a soft pressing. Skin contact, at low temperatures, lasted for a period of 4-6 hours according to the technical requirements and necessities of the individual variety, with the aim of obtaining a must of the proper color intensity, but without any tannic astringency. The pressing of the grapes which followed gave different fractions of juice, each of which was chilled for 24 hours to favor the deposit of impurities. The clean must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures which never rose above 60-61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots of wine were then carefully evaluated at a month’s distance from the end of fermentation and selected for the final blend, which gave a wine of 12° alcohol.
The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Florence, near the medieval town of Bolgheri in the upper part of the Tuscan Maremma. The property, which consists of some 2250 acres (900 hectares), stretches from the Mediterranean coast to the first inland hills. Wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives are also cultivated along with grapes.
The vineyard takes its name from the name of a highwayman, “Scalabrone”, who lived in the area in the early part of the 19th century, a sort of Italian Robin Hood who attacked ships in the canal and port of Bolgheri.
A brilliant peony red, the wine features intense, rich, and pure aromas of red fruit and notes of aromatic herbs. On the palate the savory and persistent flavors finish with a pleasurably fruity aftertaste.