2019 La Scolca Gavi di Gavi Bianco White Label
2019 La Scolca Gavi di Gavi Bianco White Label, White wine from Gavi,Italy
La Scolca ‘White Label’ is considered the everyday, affordable alternative to the estates legendary ‘Black Label’. Although sourced from younger vines than the Black Label, this estate-grown Gavi offers similar richness and complexity. Light straw in color with green undertones. Zesty lemon aromas with some almond and stone fruit notes. Crisp, lively, mineral character with sharp acidity and a refreshing, lasting finish.
James Suckling: 91 Points; Light green-apple and acacia honey aromas. Clean, fresh and minerally on the palate, with a light saltiness to the finish. Good quality here and good value, too.
Cortese is a white grape variety most famously associated with the crisp, lime-scented wines of Gavi. The variety is known for its bracing acidity and its ability to retain freshness even when grown in warm environments. Apple, peach and honeydew flavors are commonly associated with Cortese wine, with lime, almond and light herbal or grassy aromas.
The Gavi, (or Cortese di Gavi) DOCG is situated in the southern part of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy. The town of Gavi is at the centre of the production zone while Cortese is the indigenous white grape variety from which it is made. Due to its close proximity with Liguria, its winemaking and gastronomic traditions are more Ligurian than Piemontese, which could explain the light and fruity style of this white wine.
Despite being more closely linked in style with its neighboring region’s wines, Gavi is still considered Piedmont’s white jewel in the crown. It gained DOCG status in 1998 and its vineyards are mainly found in the hills of 13 communes in the province of Alessandria (of which the most prominent are Gavi, Novi Ligure, Serravalle Scrivia and Arquata Scrivia). Those wines that state Gavi di Gavi on their label can do so only if their fruit comes from vineyards in the township of Gavi.