Bolgheri Rosato DOC
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah
The early part of 2012 was characterized by very cold temperatures and snowfall, virtually unprecedented for the area. Bud break, however, was regular, even if the number of bunches per bud which later developed was low.
Late spring and the first part of summer were very hot and dry, resulting in a limited growth of the berries and lower production per vine. This in addition to the lower fertility already noted led to a 20% loss in production for the year.
If quantity was insufficient, quality was the exact opposite of what might be expected for a hot vintage: crisp acidity and fine fruit and, above all, quality tannins.
The 2012 vintage has demonstrated, once again that Bolgheri can make excellent wine in hot vintages. The morphology of the territory and the nearby presence of the sea mitigate torrid summer temperatures in well exposed vineyards and help to avoid the vine stress which compromises balance and proper ripening.
Each single grape variety comes from vineyard parcels which have been selected for the production of this wine and have been fermented on their own.
The grapes, once in the cellars, were destemmed and given a light pressing. The juice macerated on its skins in the press at low temperatures (four to six hours depending on the characteristics of the individual variety) in order to obtain a must with proper color but without astringency or roughness.
Successive pressings yielded a series of fractions of juice which were cooled for 24 hours to assist a natural static settling of the impurities. The clean must obtained was racked into stainless steel tanks where it was fermented at temperatures held constantly to a maximum of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots were carefully and systematically evaluated at a month’s distance from the fermentation and those selected for the final blend assembled for bottling.
The Guado al Tasso estate is situated at approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence, near the former medieval hamlet of Bolgheri in the Tuscan Maremma. The property, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) in overall surface area, extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the first hills of the interior and includes, in addition to 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, grain, corn, and sunflower fields as well as olive groves. The wine takes its name from a bandit named “Scalabrone” who lived in the area in the first years of the 19th century, a sort of local Robin Hood who attacked ships in the port and canal of Bolgheri of that period.
A brilliant peony pink in color, the wine shows intense and rich aromas, less redolent of the typical pepper and bell pepper notes of Cabernet than usual and more expressive of flowers and fruit, particularly cherries and raspberries. On the palate it is fresh, balanced, fruity, and long on the finish and aftertaste.