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Villa Sparina

Villa Sparina
2022 Gavi/Cortese di Gavi DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Piedmont Gavi

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17

Villa Sparina
2022 Gavi/Cortese di Gavi DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Piedmont Gavi

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine, nectarine, lemongrass and pear juice, and white flowers with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, amusing, crisp finish conveying notes of charentais melon, lemon zest, white flowers and apricot, and melon rind with no oak flavor. Crisp, fruity, and pleasing to the palate, this is a lovely aperitif and food wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: tangerine, nectarine, lemongrass and pear juice, and white flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of charentais melon, lemon zest, white flowers and apricot, and melon rind
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Crisp, fruity, and pleasing to the palate, this is a lovely aperitif and food wine.

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Piedmont Gavi

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Gavi is a white wine from Piedmont, produced exclusively from the local Cortese grape. Cortese in Italian means "courteous" and the wines are aptly named, as they are medium-bodied with attractive pear and melon fruit with good, but not overwhelming acidity.

The Gavi production zone is in the province of Alessandria, with some of the vineyards located not far from the Ligurian border. This is a relatively cool area, thus ideal for maintaining proper acidity and structure for the wines.

Gavi was quite popular in the 1980s, but has has limited success, due in some part to the popularity of another Italian white, Pinot Grigio. However, currently there are a handful of artisan producers that are crafting more complex versions of Gavi, some from biodynamic vineyards, some aging their wines in barriques.

Drink most Gavi wihtin three to five years, although a few versions from older vines can age for a decade or more. Pair with lighter seafood or risotto.