Scabrezza / 2011

Scabrezza / 2011

The Monteloro estate is located seven miles (12 kilometers) from Florence on hillsides behind Fiesole deep in a landscape of vineyards, olive groves, and woods  dotted with lovely villas and stone farmhouses. The property extends over 370 acres (150 hectares) -  some 160 of which (65 hectares) are currently planted to vines - at an altitude of 1650 feet (500 meters) above sea level. The name  “Scabrezza” comes from an index used to measure the flow of water of the Arno river, which flows, in fact, near the property. The irregularly topography of the estate, the important daytime to nighttime temperature swings, and the varying altitude of the vineyards all make the area a predestined spot for high level white wines. The area, in fact, has always been known as a place of summer sojourns for the Florentine nobility, which came here, seeking cooler temperatures, an historical fact confirmed by the famous homes of Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri which look out over the estate’s vineyards.

Classification
Toscana IGT
Blend
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio
Climate

The climate of the 2011 was a variable one, rain and significant temperature swings characterized  a a large part of the growing season.
The heat and humidity of the second half of August did not compromise the quality of the grapes.
Ripening began during the first ten day s of August and continued in a regular and constant fashion.
The harvest began at the end of August with the Pinot Grigio and the Pinot Blanc and concluded at the end of September with the Riesling.

Vinification

Picking was done entirely by hand and the grapes, after destemming, were pressed with the greatest delicacy possible. Fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks, with temperatures constantly below 16° centigrade (61° Fahrenheit). The various lots were assembled and blended in February and the wine then was maintained at a temperature of 10° centigrade (50° Fahrenheit) in order to maintain maximum freshness and fragrance until bottling, which took place in early spring.

Tasting notes

A nose of generous aromas dominated by white flower notes.
The fruity notes particularly those of white fruits are present on the palate. Minerality and persistence close the tasting.