Valter Scarbolo acquired a passion for the vine in the 1960s while working alongside his father, Gino; the family farm is located in Lauzacco, in Italy’s northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Originally, the family grew a variety of crops including wine grapes, although they only produced bulk wine to be sold off at that time. Increasingly determined to transform the family estate into a serious winery, Valter studied Agriculture and Oenology and began planting vineyards inspired by the French school, characterized by dense planting of the vines and the promotion of low yields. He established Azienda Agricola Scarbolo on his family’s land in 1982 and in 1994, opened Ristorante La Frasca, adjacent to the winery, which offers fine seasonal, local dishes and a broad selection of regional wines. Today, the estate is run by Valter, his wife, Maria Grazia, and their children, Mattia and Lara; it spans 50 acres planted to Friulano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Refosco, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Scarbolo wines benefit from a unique terroir which encompasses ideal soil and climate conditions. The vineyard’s composition of red clay mixed with alluvial deposits, minerals and chalk provides optimal drainage conditions for the vines, while the weather pattern, consisting of cool winds flowing from the east and warm marine breezes from the Adriatic, creates the ideal thermal excursion conducive to slow ripening and hence, heightened aromatics and flavors in the wines.
Valter Scarbolo feels that “taking the lees away from a wine is like taking its soul away”, and thus, all of his white wines undergo lees stirring (Bâtonnage). This clearly explains the uncharacteristic yet very pleasing, soft and creamy texture found in this 100% Sauvignon. Aromas are fresh and vivid, hinting at grapefruit zest, kiwi, passion fruit and tomato vine. The palate, although fairly light in body, feels lush and expansive, offering notes of Golden Delicious apple alongside more of that tropical kiwi character, guava and pineapple. There is a subtle bitter, grapefruit pith note emerging on the mid-palate along with more savory notes of gun smoke and sage. Unlike many Sauvignon Blancs that almost sting your tongue with piercing acidity, this one offers a more restrained albeit refreshing dose. Seamlessly balanced, it ends with a clean, mineral-tinged finish. We urge you to pair this unique Sauvignon with a fresh and slightly tangy cheese like the Italian ‘La Tur’, although it would also be delicious alongside creamy seafood pasta.