Rosso di Montalcino Scopetone
Wine name:Rosso di Montalcino Scopetone
Appellation:ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC
Zone:Montalcino (province of Siena)
Blend:100% Sangiovese grosso
Vineyard age (year of planting):Sangiovese grosso 2000
Soil Type:Medium texture, clayey, skeletal
Colour:Bright ruby red with ruby red reflections
Flavour:Harmonic, with a supple entrance in the mouth supported by a pleasant acidity
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:Roasts, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:4,500
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins in steel with temperature control (28 degrees Celsius) for 25 days. Malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine then matures for 6 months in large Slavonian oak casks of a capacity of 33 hectolitres. Finishing in the bottle for 3 months.
Address:Loc. Scopetone 53024 Montalcino SI
Owner:Loredana Tanganelli and Antonio Brandi
Year of establishment:1980
Total annual production:19000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):4.5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3ha Sangiovese 1.5ha Sangiovese for the production of Brunello di Montalcino
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:50% tilled, 50% grass left between the vines
Type of viticulture:in the conversion phase to certified organic
Harvest period:beginning of October
The winery was started and vineyards were planted in 1978 by Federigo Abbarchi, a Milanese pilot. The first oenologist was Attilio Pagli, an old friend of ours, who, with an assist from his mentor Giulio Gambelli, brought us the first bottled wines in the mid 80s. We knew the area, Scarnacuoia, up at 4-500 meters just below the town of Montalcino overlooking Montosoli. Historically it is known as the location of Ferruccio Biondi Santi’s first Sangiovese planting in the 1870s.
Unfortunately Federigo died suddenly and in 2009 Loredana Tanganelli and her husband Antonio Brandi became partners of Federigo’s widow, Angela Abbarchi, and finally proprietors. Loredana is a passionate beekeeper and Antonio is a passionate viticulturist (he has previously worked for a local estate), together they decided to embark on this project supported by the Sangiovese champion Maurizio Castelli and by the agronomist Luca Felicioni.
The vineyard extension is now 4.5 hectares in total: 1.5 hectares of Sangiovese for the production of Brunello in Montalcino and 3 hectares of Sangiovese in Montecucco (Tuscan Maremma). The brand of the estate has been maintained so that the three wines – Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and a Toscana IGT (also 100% Sangiovese made from the vineyards in Montecucco) have kept the label of Scopetone.
A new cellar has been completed in 2015.
Environment friendly practices in the vineyards have always been pursued (so not to harm the bees) and the estate is now in the conversion phase to be certified organic.
Brunello 2009 was the first vintage produced by Loredana and Antonio.