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Beppe Caviola and his Barolo
May 1, 2019

Peter writes, "Giuseppe Caviola began his wine career as a consultant. Italy’s authoritative 'Gambero Rosso' recognized him Winemaker of the Year in 2002."


Beppe Caviola

Peter continues,

The first Ca Viola wine was a Dolcetto. Then came the Barbera from a vineyard in Montelupo (mountain of the wolf). Eventually he built his cellar in Dogliani. He obtained special Nebbiolo vineyards, mostly in the commune of Novello and began making Barolo.

         We will begin the tasting with the only white Beppe makes, the 2016 Langhe Riesling. Several producers are making Riesling in the Langhe now as the environment here suits the variety quite well. This one is dry and mineral with expressive aromatics. We will follow this with the 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba“Vilot”. This is in our quest to get more people interested in drinking Dolcetto wines.

         The first Barbera is the 2016 Barbera d’Alba Brichet. This is traditional Barbera with notes of rich fruit and texture from a vineyard in Montelupo. The 2015 Barbera d’Alba “Bric du Luv”, also in Montelupo, is a smaller vineyard which produces wine which is more complex and age-worthy. This wine is a Federal Wine exclusive.

         The 2014 Barolo Caviot is from vineyards mostly in the commune of Novello. The style is elegant and traditional. The 2013 Barolo “Sottocastello di Novello” is a single vineyard that expresses more power.

         Gambero Rosso has awarded its highest honor Tre Bicchieri to several vintages of Beppe’s Barbera Bric De Luv as well as the 2013 Barolo “Sottocastello di Novello” in the tasting

Ca Viola

2016 Langhe Riesling: Yellow. White flower, peach, citrus, notably grapefruit. Fresh acidity and minerality. Very Good to Excellent38/bottle

2016 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vilot”: Ruby red. Fresh fruit, note of blackberry. Smooth, agile, fresh and balanced. Very Good Plus18.99/bottle

2016 Barbera d’Alba “Brichet”: Ruby red. Plums, fresh fruit, notes of dried mushroom. Approachable and supple with good acidity. Very Good Plus Plus21/bottle

2015 Barbera d’Alba “Bric du Luv”: Ruby red. Dark cherry, violets. Smooth texture and elegance, complex finish. Will age well. Very Good to Excellent. 48/bottle

2014 Barolo “Caviot”:Ruby red, garnet highlights. Cherries, violets, balsamic notes with spice. Complex and silky texture. Harmonious structure with succulent tannin. Very Good to Excellent. 48/bottle

2013 Barolo “Sottocastello di Novello”: Ruby red garnet. Balsamic, spicy, forest floor menthol. Deep cherry fruit and roses, slightly smoky. Long, complex, powerful finish. Excellent72/bottle


5/1/19 Special mixed case: Two bottles each of the above wines for a special price of $418

5/1/19 Mixed pack: Special, one each of the above wines: $222

or mix any 6- 11 in stock wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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           - Peter Hemenway