La Scolca White Label Gavi...$17.99La 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.