The 2015 vintage saw a cool and mild winter, which was followed by warm spring with well distributed rains during the months of April and May. The first summer months were characterized by rather warm temperatures and only occasional light rain, which instead arrived during the first half of August, balancing plant growth and assisting a regular development of the grape bunches. September was accompanied by minimum rainfall and cool weather. This led to an excellent ripening of the crop, one with a bracing acidity and fine aromatic intensity.
The grapes were picked by hand and the bunches, after destemming, were given a soft pressing in order to extract the juice as delicately as possible. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging from 57° to 61 ° Fahrenheit (14°-16° centigrade). The blending of the various lots, fermented separately, as well as the successive bottling, took place during the month of March.
The Monteloro estate, located behind Fiesole at seven miles (12 kilometers) from the city of Florence, is immersed in a landscape of vineyard, olive groves, and woods in which lovely villas and stone farmhouses can be glimpsed. It extends over a total area of 375 acres (150 hectares), half of which (some 185 acres, or 75 hectares) are planted to vines. The average altitude is 1650 feet (500 meters) above sea level. The name “Scabrezza” derives from an index to measure the flow of the waters of the Arno river, which flows close by. The first wine to be produced at the property, in 2007, was “Mezzobraccio”, to which “Scabrezza” was added two vintages later.
The wine is a straw yellow in color. The aromas are delicate and deep and recall apples and acacia flowers. The palate shows an important mineral structure, softness, and a crisp aand savory finish and aftertaste.