Great White Buy! The Noble White Wine Of Piedmont
is a wine that takes its name from the region’s main village. The village of
Gavi, is in southern Piedmont, bordering Liguria, and the wine is made from the
Cortese grape. Although Cortese is grown all over the northwest, it was first
recorded as a Piedmontese variety in 1659.
in 1890, Castellari Bergaglio is a family-run winery that Gambero Rosso hails
as “one of the appellation’s principal reference points”. Fourth generation
Marco Castellari Bergaglio best describes the family philosophy: “We wish to
craft wines that reflect terroir, not stereotype.”
focus on making the finest Gavi and do not make red wines.
984 feet above sea level, we find the estate of Castellari Bergaglio, totaling
12 hectares under vine. Gavi di Tassarolo Fornaci is a single vineyard wine
named after a brick oven – fornace in Italian – that used to stand in place of
the vineyards, within the township of Tassarolo. Winemaker is the very talented
Roberto Gerbino who consults all over Italy.
grapes are transferred to the cellar immediately and undergo soft pressing to
extract the very best from the fruit. Fermentation takes place slowly at a
controlled temperature (18-20°C, to maintain the typically rich aromas of the
Cortese di Gavi varietal) and lasts for up to 20 days.
notes: Those looking for an intriguing Gavi with great finesse and ideal
balance can do no better that Fornaci with its Floral nuance of hawthorn and
lily complement fruiter notes of banana, followed by subtly pungent citrus,
hay, and mint. In the mouth it is compact, spherical, and harmonious, very much
in line with the bouquet, and it concludes with a lengthy, cleanly-delineated