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Ca Viola Wines with Beppe Caviola

Peter writes, "Last week we were very happy to have a visit from Beppe Caviola and his niece Michela. They led tasters through his wines which included Dolcetto, Barbera, and Barolo."
May 1, 2019


He continues,

Beppe is from Montelupo and that is where he got his start as a consultant wine maker. That is also why his labels have wolves on them. Soon after, he built his own winery, where he made Dolcetto and Barbera. Then he got a few Nebbiolo vineyards in Barolo and the rest is history.

         We began the tasting, however, with the only white he makes, the 2016 Langhe Riesling. Stylistically this resembles a really good dry Riesling from Alsace. Mineral notes and peach came through with citrus highlights. Those who are fond of Riesling were impressed. James B thought the Piedmont terroir made it into something quite different.

         We began the reds with the 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vilot”. Beppe makes this wine with no oak influence and tasters were impressed with the balanced fruit and dry textured finish. This was very well liked, especially for value. The first Barbera was the 2016 Barbera d’Alba “Brichet”.This wine also got a lot of notice for value. This is a textbook example of Barbera character. The 2015 Barbera d’Alba “Bric duLuv”, from a single vineyard in Montelupo showed more richness and complexity. We will have some more of this in stock early next week.

         The 2014 Barolo “Caviot” is a blend of different vineyards, mostly in the commune of Novello. This is classic traditional Barolo with long maceration and only large barrels. The 2013 BaroloSottocastello di Novello”is also quite traditional and shows all the flowers, cherries, balsam and spice in the finish you would expect. A few tasters preferred the Caviot with its slightly lighter weight. Most went for the more powerful Sottocastello.

         Beppe was very informative and entertaining. The most common comment was that all of these wines are really impressive.


Ca Viola

2016 Langhe Riesling: Yellow. White flower, peach, citrus, notably grapefruit. Fresh acidity and minerality. Very Good to Excellent 38/bottle

2016 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vilot”: Ruby red. Fresh fruit, note of blackberry. Smooth, agile, fresh and balanced. Very Good Plus 18.99/bottle

2016 Barbera d’Alba “Brichet”: Ruby red. Plums, fresh fruit, notes of dried mushroom. Approachable and supple with good acidity. Very Good Plus Plus 21/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. Excellent 72/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