Why Be Curious? Dolcetto is known for having some pudgy short, rustic tannins – we love those picnic wines. Scarpa, as you’ve probably figured out already, isn’t like those. The tannic structure is elegant, with lots of classic Dolcetto black tea and ink in the nose. Does Dolcetto age? If it’s grown in the right soil, and picked and vinified with care, we confirm without reservation. Scarpa recently released a good bit of the 1999. It’s stunning.
Produttore / Producer: Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa has been producing traditional wines in the Monferrato hills of southeast Piemonte since 1854. But it was Mario Pesce, admired by both Giacosa and Gaja, who made Scarpa’s reputation in the second half of the 20th century. Traditional sometimes means ‘rustic’, but that’s not the case here. A very present gusto della casa (house style) produces elegant wines with arrow-like acidity and well-aged tannins. In the 21st century, Scarpa continues to produce each year small quantities of more than a dozen wines from 10 different grape varieties and to release gradually wines from its ample library of bottles going back to the 1960s.
Vigna / Vineyard: Poderi Bricchi is Scarpa’s 50-hectare estate vineyard area in Castel Rocchero, in the heart of the Monferrato. 27 of the 50 hectares are planted with nine grape varieties that produce 11 wines. (Scarpa also sells off some grapes.) The remaining 23 hectares are forests and fields, which Scarpa deliberately leaves unplanted in order to maintain biodiversity and healthy vineyards. Vineyard treatments are copper and sulfur.
Cantina / Cellar: Fermentation and aging for at least a year in stainless steel tanks, followed by a minimum of one year (and usually much longer) in bottle before release. Some vintages see some time in large casks before bottling.
Scarpa Dolcetto d’Acqui ‘La Selva di Moirano’
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Dolcetto d’Acqui DOC
Nome / Name: La Selva di Moirano.
Ettari / Hectares: 1.5 Ha.
Quota / Altitude: 450 m / 1480 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Mostly clay.
Esposizione / Exposure: South/West.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Dolcetto d’Acqui.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 30 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 4000 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Guyot.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: September 25th.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Organic.
Resa / Yield: 5500 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 12 days in stainless steel.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes.
Élevage: In stainless steel, plus 6-12 months in bottle before release.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 1500 cases (6x750ml).
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Bordeaux bottle embossed with the Scarpa logo.