Scabrezza / 2012

Scabrezza / 2012

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 375 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 irregular 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 zone, in fact, has always been known as a place of summer sojourns for the Florentine nobility, which came here to seek cooler temperatures, an historical fact confirmed by the famous homes of Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri, which look out over the estate’s vineyards. The first wine produced at the estate was the 2007 Mezzobraccio, joined two vintages later in 2009 by the first Scarabrezza.

Classification
Toscana IGT
Blend
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio
Climate

The 2012 vintage was characterized by a hot and dry summer. High August temperatures and a persisting lack of rain slowed the ripening of the grapes and delayed harvesting.
Only the Pinot Grigio, with a favorable rapport between sugars and acidity which gave some of the finest grapes of the last five years, was picked slightly ahead of seasonal averages. Production was scarce, 40% below average.
The Pinot Blanc was harvested in mid-September and accordingly benefitted from the early September rains which regenerated the vines and swelled the grapes. The analytical data was within the usual norms.

Vinification

The crop was hand-picked and the grapes, after destemming, were pressed as delicately as possible during the extraction of their juice. The fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks at temperatures limited to a maximum of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The wine was then maintained at 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) to conserve fragrance until bottling, at 12° alcohol, which took place in early spring.

Tasting notes

The nose clearly shows notes of orange blossoms. Yellow peaches and pineapple predominate on the palate along with penetrating notes of sage, and the wine finishes with persistent mineral sensations.