Gavi DOCG, made from the Cortese grape in Nieve, Piemonte, Italy; 12.5% ABV
imported by Global Wine Co., San Rafael, CA
$3 at the Oakland, CA, store on 7 July. (I had thought the price on the box was $5 or $6, but my receipt unambiguously said “Filippino Gavi $3.”)
About this wine, Seedboy wrote, “I thought the Gavi that I opened last night was drinkable but not better than that. Nicely balanced, just seemed to be lacking the flavors I expect from Cortese.” Weinish replied, “I felt the same, hence why I didn’t take any home. I so wanted it to be good.” Well, my only thought is that my bottle must have been completely different, because it is delicious!
On the first night, I thought this wine was at first a little rough, especially on the finish. However, after it had been open for a few hours (left stopped with the cork in the fridge), and especially a little warmer than fridge temperature, it smoothed out wonderfully. It is intensely flavored of ripe yellow apple with a somewhat tropical fruit character, ripe lemon and a hint of lime, fairly full-bodied for a white, with a smooth yellow / white melony finish, and gently supporting oak. Maybe I’m not critical enough since I don’t know Cortese from Chardonnay, but I think this is an amazing bargain. Indeed, I thought it was surprisingly close to California Chardonnay, which may well be a flaw for those more familiar with the grape and region.
The next evening, this wine is as delicious, if not more so, than it was on the first.