Scabrezza

The Wine

Scabrezza is made exclusively from Pinot Grigio 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.

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.

Scabrezza

The Wine

Scabrezza is made exclusively from Pinot Grigio 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

The 2021 growing season will be remembered for unusual climatic conditions. Winter got off to a slow start with warmer weather indicating possible early bud break. In contrast, spring saw rain showers, lower than average temperatures and an unexpected snow event that slowed down vine growth and as a result, bud break. Conditions returned to normal starting in June and scattered rain showers during July and August allowed the vines to catch up to a normal pace, ensuring regular vine activity and moderate development of Pinot Grigio clusters. The end of August brought several summer storms that allowed Pinot Grigio berries to complete veraison taking on their distinctive copper color while developing concentrated aromatic compounds and maintaining good acidity. Harvesting operations began at the beginning of September under sunny skies with mild temperatures, conditions that gave Pinot Grigio grapes time to achieve optimal ripeness.  

Pinot Grigio grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, immediately brought to the cellar, destemmed, and underwent a short period of maceration on the skins to extract the grape variety’s characteristic copper color, then gently pressed. The must was then transferred into stainless steel vats and chilled to a temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) to favor natural clarification. After 48 hours, the wine was transferred into other tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature that did not exceed 16 °C (61 °F). The wine aged in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) up until bottling which took place at the end of March 2022.

Scabrezza 2021 is copper colored. The nose is intense delivering notes of grapefruits and citrus pith that blend with hints of lime blossoms and pineapples. Fresh, balanced and savory on the palate, the wine closes with a pleasant finish of orange blossoms.

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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