Bolgheri Rosato DOC
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah
The 2013 vintage was characterized by a climate which, on the whole, was cool, particularly during the spring and in the month of September. Winter was especially rainy, and this created important reserves of ground water for the vines. The cold wave which arrived in late February and early March delayed bud burst by a few days; the spring months were cooler than usual and this delayed vine growth and development. The weather damaged, in certain cases, bud set and, accordingly, production per vine and created as well a certain heterogeneity in the development of the grape bunches. This was somewhat advantageous for the rosé wines which, as is the case for white wines, require higher acidity and greater aromatic freshness. After this cool spring, a warm and sunny summer assisted a proper growth of the vines and grapes without, however, recovering the delay in vegetative growth. A cool September, with positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness, created ideal conditions for a slow and gradual ripening of the grapes and a consequent increase in the aromatic potential, supported as well by excellent levels of acidity.
Each grape variety, sourced from vineyards selected and cultivated precisely for the production of this wine, was fermented on its own. The grapes, once in the cellars, were destemmed and given a soft pressing. The must macerated on its skins at low temperatures for four to six hours, depending on the characteristics of the individual variety, in order to create a must of the proper color, but one without tannic astringency. The sequential pressing generated various fractions of must, each of which was chilled for 24 hours to assist a natural settling of its impurities. The clean must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures held to a maximum of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots were then carefully evaluated a month after the fermentation, and those selected for the final blend were assembled for bottling.
The prop Guado al Tasso estate is located at approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri near the Tuscan Maremma coast. The estate terrain, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares), extends from the Tyrrhenian sea to the interior hills and here wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives are cultivated in addition to the 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards,. The wine takes its name from a bandit named “Scalabrone” who lived in the area in the early 19th century, a kind of local Robin Hood who attacked ships in the former canal and port of Bolgheri.
A brilliant peony pink in color, the wine shows rich and intense aromas of aromatic herbs, raspberries, and cherries. The flavors are pleasurably fruity, those of a wine of excellent balance and persistence.