La Scolca “White Label” is considered the everyday, affordable alternative to the estate’s legendary “Black Label”. Although sourced from younger vines than the Black Label, this estate-grown Gavi offers similar richness and complexity from extended lees aging and a superb vineyard site that makes this choice a perfect by-the-glass solution and an everyday value for enjoyment at home.
Terroir: The La Scolca White Label is sourced from the estate’s 20-30 year old vines with yields of 80 quintals per hectare. Vines retain five to six clusters per vine. Hillside vines are planted in soils of volcanic origin, composed of calcareous-clay with veins of chalky limestone similar to that found in Champagne and Chablis, giving a characteristic flinty character.
Vinification: Hand-harvested fruit is brought to the winery after 5-10 minutes, where it is sprayed with dry-ice. Cryo-maceration, cold fermentation (13-14⁰C) in stainless steel tanks and the use of natural yeasts preserves the Cortese’s subtle fruit, flinty acidity and structure. The young wine remains in tank on its lees for four to five months to extract aromatic richness and palate complexity, before natural decanting and bottling.
Light straw in color with green undertones. Zesty lemon aromas with some almond and stone fruit notes. Crisp, lively, mineral character with sharp acidity and a refreshing, lasting finish.
You expect the sort of intense, precisely focused minerality from low-yielding, 20 to 30-year-old mountainside vines that this wine shows in abundance, but very rarely at this bargain basement price. No oak but extended lees aging give it more presence than most generic Gavis.
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