Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 750 (750ml)
The Villa Sparina vineyards and winery were founded by the Moccagatta family in the 1970’s in Monterotondo, Piedmont, the heart of the Gavi DOCG. Villa Sparina comprises 100 hectares of land, 70 of which are cultivated with local grapes for the production of Gavi and Barbera wines. The estate produces a few wines from the Cortese grape; a Gavi di Gavi and a cru bottling from Monterotondo. The terroir exalts the acid component, savory and mineral features of the grape and contributes to the ageability of these wines.
Pronounced white pepper and dried pineapple on the nose. Full body with layers of flavour. The texture is lightly oily though the wine remains lively and fresh marked by citrus, ripe stone fruit and a resinous quality. The finish is long and pleasant. This Gavi offers a lot more complexity than what is typical of this appellation and is a must try for those who like complex white wines with no oak influence.
Gavi is not very well known outside of it’s hilly home in Piedmont, Italy though I hope it starts to get noticed. The grape is Cortese, a thin skinned white that has the potential, when well cared for, to make nuanced and mineral driven wines of great character. Think apple, meyer lemon, melon and almond notes that intertwine with a seashell like minerality on the palate and fresh acidity. Villa Sparina’s Gavi di Gavi smells of stone fruit and citrus; its medium bodied palate is bright and lively, showing fresh herbs, mineral character and white pepper. I love the purity of this white wine which has me craving a plate of fresh basil pesto pasta or seafood dishes garnished with lemon and parsley.