The Wines of Scarpa

Gathering wine writers in a Chinese restaurant to taste some of the finest wines of Piedmont


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On a Friday evening, in a private room of the Peking Duck House in Manhattan, Martina Zola of Scarpa, along with Snooth's Editor-in-Chief, Gregory Dal Piaz, led us through a “Wines of Scarpa Master Class.” Snooth calls Scarpa “one of the last unknown treasures of the Piedmont.” The winery was founded in 1854 by Antonio Scarpa, an enologist from the Veneto region. Their techniques–cited by Snooth and confirmed later by Martina–have changed little over time. As Snooth pointed out, Scarpa is one of the few traditional producers that remain in the region. The winery is located in Nizza Monferrato–a Province of Asti, Italy.

For this class, we had the good fortune of tasting five vintages of their Barbera Bogliana, which spends five years in large oak barrels (resulting in a relatively low amount of oak influence) and eight vintages of Barolo. These wines included some special vintages and aged treasures that I otherwise would not likely have an opportunity to taste (since these wines are not available in the US to the best of my knowledge)...

Admittedly, I usually think of Barbera–Italy’s most widely planted grape variety–as a light-bodied, red fruit dominated, (fairly) bright, and affordable everyday wine. These examples of Barbera were pretty serious and absolutely delightful; exhibiting wonderful–even intoxicating–aromas, exceptional depth of flavor and length, complexity, and grace.


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  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    This is great, I'm so sad i missed this dinner. Love how all the different perspectives come together to form a good consensus of the wines.

    Apr 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

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