Ca’Viola Dolcetto d’Alba
Beppe Caviola has given many a small Piemontesi grower the technical help to produce wines of the standard to ensure they are in demand both in Italy and abroad. More recently his expertise has also been sought throughout Italy including by UMANI RONCHI in the Marche. Though a modernist, he earns respect particularly because he doesn’t impose a formula but adapts his expertise to the philosophy of the individual producer. Ca’ Viola is his own range of wines. Though now based in Dogliani most of his grapes are sourced from Montelupo Albese (between Barolo and Barbaresco). The wines are ripe, lush and fruit-rich, very easy to drink but with good structure and depth. Foremost is the excellent Bric du Luv, a consistently fine barrique-aged Barbera, but fine Dolcetto is also made in two versions. Barturot is the best selection from old vines, subtly enhanced by oak, and shows great depth and intensity, while Vilot is in a fruity, quaffing style. Graduating on to Nebbiolo, firstly at Sotto Castello in Novello to produce a Langhe Nebbiolo with silky tannins and racy upfront fruit in 2006 and then on to a Barolo from the same vineyard, with Beppe’s trademark subtlty embracing the earthy, sikly characteristics of the wine. Both are produced from relatively young vines (around 10 years at present)and the wines can only further increase in complexity and finesse as the vines mature.
To find out more about Ca’Viola and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide North-West Italy..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.