This Christmas I received some fun wine gifts including a “peace out” wine stopper and a brand new wine journal. Therefore, I decided to bring in the new year by writing my tasting notes on a fresh page and tasting Forti Del Vento’s Capovia. Coincidentally, Capovia means, beginning of a new path or street.

This Monferrato Rosso D.O.C. made from 100% Dolcetto grapes come from a “far out” area called Ovada in Piemonte. I am sure you Americans have heard of the white wine Gavi…well it’s near that!

The color was a brilliant deep ruby red and I was able to immediately smell red fruits like cranberries. Earthy aromas transported me straight into the woods where I could smell pine trees all around me. I know you might be thinking I drank too much and was just smelling the Christmas tree in my house but I’d like to remind you that all trees here in Italy are fake!;)

Okay, going back to my amateur analysis: I would say this was medium bodied, slightly young with refreshing acidity and tannins that kept you coming back for more. You can really taste the winemakers’ regard and discipline throughout every process starting from the vineyards (40 years old) just by tasting this delicate and structured wine.

my mistake DOC not DOP as written in journal…

Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to visit this winery yet but hope to soon. I discovered this wine after following one of the winemakers on twitter @FortiDelVento (Tomaso Armento) where he aroused my curiousity. In Piemonte it is not always easy to find a young, innovative and energetic winemaker who uses the internet efficiently to market his wines and speaks an almost impeccable English! I was lucky to meet him in person at the EWBC 2011 where he treated us all to a very special Dolcetto. It is a known fact that Dolcettos are supposed to be drunk young. But thinking outside the box Tomaso proved to us that his unthinkably aged Dolcetto from 1990 and 1991 could still be outstanding. That was a very special moment!

So cheers to the new year with Capovia! 


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