B-21 Top Recommendation
No single producer better represents the world-class Italian white wine known as Gavi than the iconic estate of La Scolca. Founded in 1919 by the great-grandfather of current owner Giorgio Soldati, La Scolca is credited with saving the fate of Cortese by deciding to focus entirely on its production at the end of World War II. La Scolca changed the trajectory of the region and now produces three different exceptional Gavi wines, each with unique characteristics but maintaining the estate's signature style of freshness balancing minerality.
The estate's 148 acres of vineyards are planted on the steep hills surrounding the family villa, in the Rovereto Superiore region at the tip of southeast Piedmont. Located 30 miles from the Mediterranean, marine air tempers the cool mountain air with long hours of sunlight that are ideal for ripening. Vineyard slopes are composed of calcareous clay and volcanic soils with chalky veins of limestone similar to Champagne and Chablis, contributing characteristic flinty notes to the wines.
The 2019 La Scolca White Label Gavi DOCG is sourced from the estate's 30 year old vines, with crisp, zesty citrus notes and a subtle salinity. The 2019 La Scolca Black Label Gavi is an elegant expression of the varietal, balancing minerality with vibrant notes of grapefruit and almonds, sourced from Piedmont's oldest Cortese vines of over 60 years. If there was a "Grand Cru" of Gavi and Cortese, it would be the 2007 La Scolca D'Antan, only produced in the best vintages and undergoing aging in stainless for up to ten years, resulting in a unique complexity and exhibiting powerful finesse.