The history of Scopone begins in the 19th century when sharecroppers owned the tiny estate. During the Second World War, Scopone was used as a refuge for evacuees fleeing the melee. After the war, the intermittent period saw the estate change hands several times and it fell into disrepair.
In 1992, the Genazzani family acquired the farmhouse and its 40 hectares of property. Close family friend, none other than Giacomo Tachis, was so impressed with the land that he suggested they make Brunello. The family heeded his advice and began revitalizing the vineyards. Their first vintage released was the wonderful 1997. Inextricably tied to the land, the estate takes its name from the large Scopi bushes that dot the property.
The Genazzani’s have retained seasoned Enologist, Ezio Rivella, as consulting winemaker. Rivella was formerly the Chief Winemaker for Castello Banfi and was also instrumental in counseling Ferenc Mate when he acquired his vineyards. He has done an admirable job elevating the wines from this small, family estate.
The revitalization of the property didn’t end with the vineyards. Concurrently, the family also built a new cellar which sits mostly below grade. New stainless steel tanks were purchased as well as French barrique and Slavonian botte. The family is well positioned to succeed and the new cellar is a vanguard for small to medium wineries in Montalcino.
Today we’re looking at the latest release from the winery.
The 2015 Scopone Brunello is a deep, dark ruby color with violet highlights. This is a serious, meaty Brunello. Hearty aromas of grilled meat, anise, crushed black fruits and sweet pipe tobacco are notable. This is very expressive given its young age. On the palate, the wine is filled with black cherry flavors along with toasted spices, tobacco leaf and espresso grinds. The 2015 was vinified partly in stainless steel and partly in used barrique. Subsequently, barrel aging included barrique and Slavonian botte. This is drinking very well now, but will improve as the notable tannins begin to soften. 93 points and a fairly nice value under $45. Find this wine.
Many more of these tiny producers are starting to find importation both outside of Italy and into the US. That’s a good thing as many “longer tenured” properties are beginning to raise prices at an alarming rate.