|One of the first and oldest producers of Gavi, La Scolca is a benchmark example of the wine. The Soldati family have been making Gavi in the Commune of Gavi, in Piedmont, since 1919, using 100 percent Cortese grapes. They actually rescued the grape from near oblivion after World War II. Today, the fifth generation of Soldatis continues to produce wines that are bracingly fresh and clean. The volcanic hillside vineyards feature streaks of chalky limestone similar to that found in Chablis, lending the wines a flinty character not so different from Chablis yet completely distinct from that wine flavorwise.
La Scolca's Gavi "White Label" is made from younger vines and is all about freshness and crispness. Well-balanced aromas and flavors of citrus and almond and very bright acidity make it lip-smackingly refreshing. Served chilled on a hot summer afternoon, as an aperitif or with light fare, it is really quite hard to beat.