2019 La Ca' Növa Dolcetto d'Alba
While La Ca Növa winery is widely known and respected for their incredible Barbarescos, they quietly make this delicious, high quality Dolcetto at an incredible price. Dolcetto, meaning “little sweet one,” is a grape varietal native to Piedmont that, despite its name, produces dry, darkly fruited wines with floral overtones and lower levels of acidity than Nebbiolo, making them drink well younger. You don’t often get to taste seriously made, structured Dolcetto with a few years of bottle age. This is beautifully aromatic, with cherry, blackberry, spice, mushroom and earth notes. Super juicy and medium bodied, with raspberries, cherries and a pleasant earthiness on the palate. Bright acidity and a soft finish make this very food friendly. La Ca Növa means “the new house,” built in the 1800s on top of the hills of the prestigious Montestefano and Montefico vineyards in Barbaresco. The Rocca family has farmed here for over 100 years, starting in the 1920s as sharecroppers (mezzadria), including for the famous Gaia estate. The family purchased the land to their own name over time, and today it is run by Marco Rocca alongside his father and uncles. Marco is a winemaker of the old school. Everything he does derives from the land where he was born- and he uses almost no new technology. Fermentation takes place without temperature controlled tanks and he uses only native yeasts. To this end, he uses open barrels, as was done in the past. He stirs the must with a large wooden spoon. This is very difficult and time consuming work, but it extracts much richer color from the grapes as well as more polyphenols (aroma & flavor compounds).