The Cortese grapes are selected from vineyards of clay marl soil located on high hills near the town of Gavi. The sea breezes from the Ligurian Sea and cool mountain winds from the Apennine Mountains create a microclimate ideal for growing Cortese grapes to optimal ripeness. The grapes are pressed without crushing and the must is cold settled before undergoing a low-temperature fermentation. The wine is aged for 3 to 4 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

Harvest Note
The 2021 vintage began with rain and snow that piled up to 24 inches among the vineyards. March was dry with temperatures above average that prompted an early start of vegetation. Spring brought previous rainfall and below average temperatures that lasted until the end of May slowed the development of the vines. June was the beginning of a long, hot, and dry summer that lasted until a mild September. Harvest was at the usual time, yielding healthy and perfectly ripe grapes characterized by outstanding balance.
Tasting Note
Straw yellow with bright green hues, this elegant wine offers notes of golden apple, lemon, acacia flower, and bread crust. The finish is long and savory.
Food Pairing
Grilled fish, sushi, meat carpaccio
Technical Data
GRAPES: Cortese (100%)
PH: 3.24
ACIDITY: 5.75 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: 3-4 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks
Unique Selling Points
  • Aged on the lees for greater complexity
  • Hand harvested, with summer thinning of excess bunches for increased concentration
  • A fresh wine with crisp acidity—a perfect food wine

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.
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