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.

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Harvest Note
The autumn-winter season began with heavy rains in November and moderate snowfall in December, followed by a month of January that has been quite dry up until early February, which has seen a couple of snowfalls. The situation has enabled the formation of a great water reserve that has proved to be precipitous in the summer. The following months of February and March have seen mild and dry weather; but such condition has changed for the months of April and May, marked by abundant rains that re-balanced the vegetation of the vines, which formed disparate buds between the higher and the lower parts of the hills. May and June have been hot and dry, registering temperatures above the average for a brief period of time. The unusual and abundant rain at the beginning of July has definitely contributed to favoring gradual maturation that followed the conventional times of an outstanding vintage, however a somewhat poor harvest has been registered for some varieties. White wines are well-structured, harmonious with ideal level of acidity and aroma intensity, thus promising an excellent vintage.
Tasting Note
Straw yellow with brilliant green hues. Elegant, fresh with the scents of golden apple, acacia flower, citrus and bread crust. Well-structured, fragrant. Good length with a finish which is round and savory.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cortese
APPELLATION: Gavi DOCG
PH: 3.21
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/L
ABV: 12.33%
AGING: An average of 3-4 months with its yeast in 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
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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