Why Be Curious? This is a Nebbiolo for true Nebbiolo lovers; one that highlights the graceful, pretty side of the variety rather than its powerful side. It’s traditional, ultra-elegant Nebbiolo d’Alba from a vineyard in the Roero and released about the time most producers release their Barolos. The extra years of aging in bottle give extra complexity, refinement, and drinkability.
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: Bric du Nota is a 2.5 hectare vineyard just outside of Monteu Roero, the highest wine-producing village in the Roero.
Cantina / Cellar: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Aging for 12 months in large casks (2,000-10,000 liters) and then at least several more years in bottle before release.
Il Vino / The Wine: This is exceptionally elegant, almost understated Nebbiolo with the classic Roero perfume (from sandy soils). It’s Nebbiolo as it used to be made — where structure, spices, and minerals are at least as important as fruit. The extra aging in bottle results in a wine that is released when it’s showing the qualities that make good Nebbiolo worth drinking: secondary aromas and flavors and the complexity that comes with age. In most vintages, the wine will continue to improve for years.
A Tavola… / At the Table… This is a structured but not hugely tannic Nebbiolo, so it can span first courses like pasta and rice dishes to meat and game.
Scarpa Nebbiolo d’Alba ‘Bric du Nota’
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
Nome / Name: Bric du Nota
Ettari / Hectares: 2.5 hectares.
Quota / Altitude: 250 m / 820 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: High percentage of sand.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Nebbiolo.
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: 12 months in large-wood French oak Gamba casks (botti grandi) of 45HL / 45,000 liters, from three to twelve years old, plus at least two more years in bottle before release.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml modified Burgundy bottle embossed with the Scarpa logo.