The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards near the town of Gavi, where calcareous clay, volcanic, iron and chalky limestone soils together with the area’s mediating Mediterranean breezes and cool mountain winds create an ideal microclimate for growing the Cortese grape to optimal ripeness. The 100% Cortese grapes are pressed without crushing, and the must is cold settled before undergoing a low-temperature fermentation. The wine is aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks until bottling.
Miami Herald2002 vintage
Columbus Dispatch2005 vintage
The wine shows citrus and mineral aromas and flavors on a palate of medium body and bright acidity before a lengthy finish.
Pairs with grilled or roasted white meats, deep sea fish and shellfish.
points of distinction
- A fresh wine with crisp acidity—a perfect food wine
- Matured on the lees for greater complexity
about the grape +
Cortese produces a crisp, elegant, delicately scented wine. The best examples from the commune of Gavi in Piedmont have crisp acidity, structure and full, round body.
– Michele Chiarlo, Winemaker
“My aim has always been but one: quality.”
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