La Scolca is a winery and a vineyard estate located in the heart of the Gavi DOCG appellation. Gavi is a small town in the North-Western part of Italy, in the Piedmont region whose surroundings grown arguably some of the best white wines in Italy made from the Cortese grape variety.
About La Scolca Winery & Estate
La Scolca was founded in 1919 and is celebrating this year its 100th anniversary. The property was purchased between 1917 and 1919 by the great-grandfather of Giorgio Soldati who, today, leads the company with his daughter Chiara.
The vineyards of La Scolca live in the very heart of the Gavi appellation, in an area called Rovereto di Gavi. They cover about 50-hectare (120 acres) on the hilly landscapes of Piedmont surrounded with woods and nature, on mineral-rich soils.
La Scolca is a historic producer of Gavi. They were some of the first in the area to really invest on the Cortese white grape in an area that used to produce red wines. Of course, gavi is now famous for its whites, so La Scolca was a pioneer in this area. They also counted with some of the oldest Cortese vines in Gavi now, 60+-year old vineyards.
The Wines of La Scolca
La Scolca produces a range of various Gavi DOCG whites including Il Valentino, Villa Scolca, Gavi dei Gavi d’Antan, and the Etichetta Nera (Black Label).
The winery also offers rosés and red made from Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), as well as a variety of sparkling wines.
La Scolca main white is the La Scola Gavi del Comune di Gavi white as reviewed below.
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La Scola Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG Tasting Review Notes
Score/Rating: 89/100 points
A bright and shiny white with a vibrant lemon-yellow color augmented by delicate green hues make it look like a crisp and vibrant wine.
The nose is floral with subtle aromas of honeysuckle and elder-flower with zesty notes of citrus, lime, freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit.
The palate reveals a bone-dry white with a crisp and refreshing acidity well balanced by a delicately creamy texture and an oily-enough body. Layers of a rather long finish include flavors of almond whipped cream, while the wine explodes with dominant citrus fruit and pear characters.
A very well crafted white, refreshing and zingy, yet with layers of complexity and an enjoyable balance on the crisp side of things. A food friendly Gavi DOCG white, archetypical of the style and the appellation, an interesting and pleasing example.
Pair with seafood dishes, delicate entrées and antipasti, oysters and creamy mussels.
Drink within 2 years.
La Scola Gavi Technical Facts
CLASSIFICATION: Gavi D.O.C.G. wine – Dry white.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Cortese.
YIELD: Less than 80 q./ha.
PRODUCTION ZONE: High hills of Rovereto Superiore di Gavi.
VINIFICATION: Traditional, with temperature control.
BEST CONSUMPTION PERIOD: At any time without problems of duration.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 12 – 14 °C. (54-57 °F).
Appearance: Light straw.
NOSE: Typical of Gavi, fine and pleasantly fresh.
PALATE: Delicate, very dry, characterized by a fairly marked acidulous notes.
GASTRONOMIC ACCOMPANIMENTS: Fine, delicate, pleasantly tart taste indicates antipasti, fish and seafoods. Unrivaled with oysters, but an elegant accompaniment to white meat and vegetable pies.