Why Be Curious? A lively and still Scarpa-esque blend based on Dolcetto, with Ruchè, Freisa, and Barbera for additional aromatics and fruit. “Velvet and flowers” is how Scarpa describes this wine. It’s bone dry, by the way.
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 three months (and usually much longer) in bottle before release.
Il Vino / The Wine: A wine that combines Dolcetto’s great texture and friendliness at the table with other native Monferrato varieties for aromatics.
A Tavola… / At the Table… Use it as you would Dolcetto: antipasti, vegetables, first courses, sausages, and soups.
Scarpa Monferrato ‘Rosso Scarpa’
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Monferrato Rosso DOC
Nome / Name: Poderi Bricchi, in Castel Rocchero (Monferrato).
Ettari / Hectares: 27 hectares (for all Scarpa wines other than the Nebbioli).
Quota / Altitude: 400 m / 1310 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Mostly clay.
Vitigni / Varieties: 55% Dolcetto d’Acqui, 15% Ruchè, 15% Freisa, and 15% Barbera.
Età delle viti / Vine age: Planted between 1993 and 2003.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Guyot.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Lotta integrata (sustainable).
Cantina / Cellar
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: In stainless steel.
Élevage: In stainless steel, plus at least three more months in bottle before release.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Bordeaux bottle.