Region: S. Piedmont
Gavi for me conjures up images of Liguria, close to whose border the region’s 1,100 ha of Cortese vineyards are to be found. Remember that there’s Gavi (a regional blend) & then there’s Gavi del comune di Gavi, whose fruit comes exclusively from the eponymous commune, one of 11 admitted in the DOCG, with its high altitude, calcareous white limestone stone soils that tame the vigorous Cortese vine. This is one of the latter.
Lovely nose of white flowers, with a hint of spanspek melon. On palate, quite intense, but so fresh citrusy and lovely with a full, long aftertaste. Perfect to drink with freshly grilled linefish. ( CR 17.5 )
Roberto Sarotto’s ‘Bric Sassi’ comes from a high (bric) single vineyard, strewn with stones (‘sassi’), that gives this wine its pebbly character. A sea-breeziness and beady texture sings of lime flowers and honeydew melon, while the refined palate delights with cleansing, bright lemon pith & lime flavours. At 12.5% it’s the perfect Summer fish wine. ( David Berry Green )