Scabrezza

Climate

2018 was a year particularly favorable for Pinot Blanc.  Springtime was rainy with cool temperatures, followed by hot dry weather at the very beginning of summer.  Late summer brought frequent precipitation that mitigated the hot temperatures and allowed for optimal berry ripening, maintaining excellent freshness and intense aromas.  Harvesting began according to schedule starting from the second week of September.

Vinification

Immediately upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed.  Each vineyard block was fermented separately to bring out its distinctive territorial characteristics.  The wine was transferred into temperature controlled stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature between 14-16 °C (57–61 °F).  During the month of March 2018 the different lots were blended and bottled.

Historical Data

The Monteloro estate is located near Florence, just behind Fiesole, at the southern foot of the Apennine mountain range at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level.  The property extends over a total area of 600 hectares (1483 acres), 94 (232 acres) of which are planted to vines.  This area is unique for the cultivation of Riesling and Pinot Blanc and is known for its year round cool climate and rich mineral soils.   A Tuscan terroir that is ideal for producing aromatic white wines. At one time, Monteloro was home to aristocratic Florentine families, such as Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri, who spent summers in the countryside taking up residence in their manor houses.  According to legend, the unique landscape of forests and narrow white trails inspired Dante in his travels in the Divine Comedy, honored by fantastic creatures possessing a triton’s body and dragon’s wings that twist together and form the letter “M”, initial of the Monteloro estate.  Scabrezza’s label illustrates one of the verses that Dante dedicated to Beatrice in the Divine Comedy.   The name Scabrezza comes from an ancient term used in hydrology to measure the streamflow of rivers and creeks, much like the ancient aqueducts, fishing weirs and stone bridges that are still visible today throughout the estate.

Tasting Notes

Scabrezza 2018 is straw yellow with greenish highlights.  Delicate and elegant on the nose, it presents notes of green apple, banana and acacia blossoms with a hint of orange zest.  The palate is remarkable for its excellent mineral structure sustained by pleasant freshness.  The finish is soft and savory.

Scabrezza 2018

The Wine

Scabrezza is made exclusively from Pinot Bianco grapes. A pleasant, tasty wine with delicate aromas. The label is a tribute to Dante with one of the verses he dedicated to Beatrice in the Divine Comedy. The name Scabrezza is a old term that was used to measure the flow of water in rivers and streams, such as water flow in ancient drainage channels, weirs and clapper bridges that still exist today on the property.

Scabrezza 2018

2018 was a year particularly favorable for Pinot Blanc.  Springtime was rainy with cool temperatures, followed by hot dry weather at the very beginning of summer.  Late summer brought frequent precipitation that mitigated the hot temperatures and allowed for optimal berry ripening, maintaining excellent freshness and intense aromas.  Harvesting began according to schedule starting from the second week of September.

Immediately upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed.  Each vineyard block was fermented separately to bring out its distinctive territorial characteristics.  The wine was transferred into temperature controlled stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature between 14-16 °C (57–61 °F).  During the month of March 2018 the different lots were blended and bottled.

The Monteloro estate is located near Florence, just behind Fiesole, at the southern foot of the Apennine mountain range at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level.  The property extends over a total area of 600 hectares (1483 acres), 94 (232 acres) of which are planted to vines.  This area is unique for the cultivation of Riesling and Pinot Blanc and is known for its year round cool climate and rich mineral soils.   A Tuscan terroir that is ideal for producing aromatic white wines. At one time, Monteloro was home to aristocratic Florentine families, such as Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri, who spent summers in the countryside taking up residence in their manor houses.  According to legend, the unique landscape of forests and narrow white trails inspired Dante in his travels in the Divine Comedy, honored by fantastic creatures possessing a triton’s body and dragon’s wings that twist together and form the letter “M”, initial of the Monteloro estate.  Scabrezza’s label illustrates one of the verses that Dante dedicated to Beatrice in the Divine Comedy.   The name Scabrezza comes from an ancient term used in hydrology to measure the streamflow of rivers and creeks, much like the ancient aqueducts, fishing weirs and stone bridges that are still visible today throughout the estate.

Scabrezza 2018 is straw yellow with greenish highlights.  Delicate and elegant on the nose, it presents notes of green apple, banana and acacia blossoms with a hint of orange zest.  The palate is remarkable for its excellent mineral structure sustained by pleasant freshness.  The finish is soft and savory.

Tenuta Monteloro

Tenuta Monteloro

The Monteloro estate is located near Florence, just behind Fiesole on the foothills of the Apennine mountain range at an altitude of 500 meters (1640 feet) above sea level. The property extends over 600 hectares (1500 acres) with 94 planted hectares (232 acres). This is a unique area in Tuscany; an ideal terroir for producing white wines in particular Riesling and Pinot Bianco. The vineyards enjoy a year round cool climate on mineral rich soils. At one time, Monteloro was home to aristocratic Florentine families, such as Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri, who spent summers in the countryside vacationing in their country manor homes. According to legend, this unique countryside of forests and narrow white country trails was the inspiration for Dante in his travels in the Divine Comedy. Fantastic mythological creatures possessing a triton’s body and dragon’s wings seem to pay their respects to the territory’s legacy and form the letter “M”, logo of the Monteloro estate.

Soil

Soil

Loamy soil tending towards calcareous

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