Bolgheri Rosato DOC
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah
A winter with a normal climate and a spring initially a bit warmer than usual led to an early bud break. Spring continued with entirely normal weather for the period and was followed by an early summer which was cooler than usual and marked as well by occasional rains, thus favoring a slow and gradual development of the vine vegetation free of vine stress. Very high August temperatures, though partly mitigated by the influence of the sea, created some anomalies in the ripening cycle and led to significantly lower production per hectare. September weather, instead, was ideal, with little humidity and favorable temperature swings from daytime warmth to evening and nighttime coolness. In short: 2011 was a difficult vintage in terms of the commitment required in during the picking and during the choice of the grapes on the sorting table, but a very satisfying one as far as the quality which was achieved.
Each single grape variety, produced as it is from vineyards selected precisely for the cultivation of the variety, was fermented on its own. The grape were destemmed and pressed very softly in the cellars. Skin contact, carried out at low temperatures, took place in the press and lasted from four to six hours according to the needs of the individual variety, with the objective of obtaining a must with the proper color, but without astringent notes. The pressing of the grapes produced a series of fractional extractions , each of which was chilled for 24 hours in order to assist a natural settling of the impurities. The clean must was then fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures which never exceeded 16° centigrade (61° Fahrenheit). The various lots were evaluated and selected a month after the end of the fermentation and the selected lots assembled to create the final blend, a wine at 12.5° alcohol.
The Guado al Tasso estate is located at approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Florence in the Tuscan Maremma, just outside the medieval village of Bolgheri. The property, some 1,000 hectares (2500 acres), extends from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the hills in the interior and consists, in addition to 300 hectares (750 acres) of vineyards, of olive groves and fields of wheat, sunflowers, and corn. The vineyards take their name from the bandit “Scalabrone”, a sort of Robin Hood who attacked ships in the old port and canal of Bolgheri, who lived in the area in the early part of the 19th century.
A brilliant peony red in color, the wine is rich and intense in aroma with fragrant notes of ripe red fruit, principally cherries, along with hints of aromatic herbs. On the palate it is tasty, savory, and persistent with a pleasurably fruity finish and aftertaste.