The history of the Ca’ Viola farm begins in Montelupo Albese, not yet famous hills where a new wind begins to blow. Beppe Caviola rents the vineyard of his dreams, and with the help of his dear friend Maurizio Anselmo they start making wine in a garage. One day Elio Altare tastes that wine and encourages Beppe to bottle it. Thus the first Caviola label was released in 1991. Beppe also manages a small plot of Barbera which he decides to vinify according to new guidelines, but here the Caviola family invents a complex in which production. In 2005 the most prestigious chapter begins: leading a vineyard of Nebbiolo from Barolo. The cru Sottocastello di Novello is the chosen one. Thus the first label of the “King of wines” enters the scene. From the hills of the wolves to Dogliani, and from here to Barolo.
The Barolo “Sottocastello di Novello” comes from Nebbiolo grapes from 2.3 hectares of vineyards located in Novello, in the Sottocastello Cru. After a careful manual harvest, the grapes are transported to the cellar, and the alcoholic fermentation begins, without resorting to the inoculation of selected yeasts, in temperature-controlled tanks for 10-15 days with 25-30% of whole grapes. Then follows a period of post-fermentation maceration with submerged cap for about 30 days. Aging takes place in large barrels for 24 months and 12 months in non-vitrified cement tanks. Even for Barolo, wine filtration is not used.
It has a very deep ruby red color with orange nuances. On the nose there are notes of spices such as black pepper and with a hint of undergrowth, mentholated hints and memories of chocolate and tobacco. In the mouth it is elegant, soft and with a good structure. The tannins are dense and enveloping and make the finish harmonious and very persistent.
Barolo DOCG “Sottocastello di Novello” is a precious Barolo, rich in sensations and nuances. In combination it is very suitable for dishes based on stewed red meat or roasted meat. In my opinion, this wine is also very well suited for meditation, perhaps I would combine it with a piece of dark chocolate.