"Tropical fruit and peaches along with spicy nuances wrapped in a supple, structured-yet-creamy body." Or something like that. The point is Scarbolo Sauvignon Blanc is just plain awesome. That was my immediate reaction two weeks ago after tasting it. I don't think I even completely exhaled after tasting it before making my breathless pronouncement. It was honestly that good.
Hailing from Friuli in the most northeast corner of Italy where Sauvignon Blanc has been made for centuries, Scarbolo continues in the longstanding viticultural traditions there. The grapes are hand harvested from the cool high elevation Guyot-trained Sauvignon Blanc vineyards which actually reside above the clouds. At that height grapes receive full sun without overheating yielding full phenolic complexity and aromatic depth before the grapes' sugars peak. Guyot (cane) pruning, where only the trunk of the vine is left brown, protects the vine from frost and limits the budding on the shoots that emerge further qualifying the fruit to follow.
Fifty percent of the Scarbolo Sauvignon Blanc harvest is immediately fermented in whole clusters while the remainder is de-stemmed but left on the skins for a twenty-four hour cold soak before pressing. The fermentation is done in stainless steel at controlled temperatures followed by aging on the lees for six months with frequent batonnages (stirring).
...and that's how you make exemplary Sauvignon Blanc!
The only problem is...we don't have any at this time! However it is on order and may be here when you come by next. In the meantime we have new Sauvignon Blancs from Patricia Green of Oregon, Bernardus of Monterey, and Henri Bourgeois of the Loire Valley of France. Folks, these brands take a back seat to no one which means you're simply going to have to stop in for them now!
This Thursday at 5pm former sommelier, Erik Schmitt, offers us a tasting here of Roussanne white wine from Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Australia and three reds: Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone, Coppo "L'Avvocata" Barbera d'Asti, and Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Please join us for the tasting.