2005 Scarpa Brachetto Secco La Selva di Moirano
Are you kidding me? Dry Brachetto? More than just a curiosity, this is something totally unique from the cellars of Scarpa. Often vinified sweet, low alcohol and with bubbles, Brachetto is a light colored, very fragrant and medium weight wine. When made dry (13.5%), like this, it is very much about its exotic floral aromas, jammy palate and pleasantly tannic finish. Think Lacrima di Morro d’Alba as grown in the north. At 10 years now past the harvest, the nose is now all potpourri with dried violets and jasmine, orange peel, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, crumbled red earth and wet hay notes giving way to an elegant, lighter framed cherry confit palate with a slightly tannic finish. Beguiling. Thought long and hard about how I’d use this and the answer is at the beginning or end of a meal with a savory-not-sweet cherry tart, a Gorgonzola dolcelatte with dried fruit and nuts or something else where the wine’s really pretty dried cherry nuances can be amplified. It’s also a great wine to contemplate on its own. Fascinating.