2018 Michele Chiarlo Gavi Rovereto

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2018 Michele Chiarlo Gavi Rovereto

This vineyard site has dark marlstone soils, which are rare here. Most of the rest of the appellation sees white soils instead. The 2018 Gavi del Comune Gavi Rovereto opens to fragrant aromas of citrus, anise, crushed rock and even a tangy touch of spring onion. The bouquet of this wine is full and generous, with candied orange skin and preserved lemon, ending with a dusty mineral signature that is characteristic of the Rovereto vineyard site. You can no longer write "Gavi di Gavi" on the label. Now it must read "Gavi del Comune di Gavi."

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 90 RP
Aromas of ripe yellow stone fruit and Spanish broom mingle with a smoky note. Reflecting the nose, the linear, elegant palate offers yellow peach, citrus and flinty mineral alongside vibrant acidity.

Wine Enthusiast | 90 WE

Wine Details on 2018 Michele Chiarlo Gavi Rovereto

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Producer Michele Chiarlo
Region Gavi
Subregion Gavi
Appellation Roverto Superiore di Gavi
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Type of Wine Italy (Other): There are dozens of grape varietals grown in Italy so no wonder they produce such a broad range of most exquisite wines. Some of the most cultivated red varieties are Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Sangiovese, and Barbera, while Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also popular. Among whites, you're likely to find Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, or Vernaccia varietals.
Varietal Cortese: With only a mere 2,950 hectares of the Cortese wine grape under vine in Italy, it is an impressive feat to be considered Piedmont’s finest white variety and credited with introducing the world to Italian white wine. The variety has been grown in the southeastern part of Piedmont for hundreds of years, and is known for its bracing acidity and ability to retain freshness even when grown in warmer environments. If not for the Cortese wine grape, the DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) of Gavi and perhaps the entire landscape of Italian white winemaking might not be what it is today.

Gavi was Italy’s first white wine to gain international renown and is still considered one of the top-ranking Italian whites today. Comprised entirely of Cortese, of which has a heritage dating back to the 1600s, Gavi is a wine that reflects terroir, greatly due to the grape itself. It is characteristically bone-dry and crisp, flinty with fresh acidity, thanks to the mineral-rich soils of the area. A bouquet of floral aromas, reminiscent of white flowers, lemons, green apple and honeydew assail the nose, while flavors of apple, peach, lime and hints of almond pleases the palate.

Cortese is not reserved solely for the production of Gavi, but is utilized in other winemaking styles and blends in prominent regions throughout Italy. Cortese Marengo, is another interpretation of the varietal; it is a sparkling wine made exclusively from Cortese grapes which are grown in a large area in southern Piedmont and permitted by the Piedmont DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) for its use of the grape in its production. In Veneto, Cortese is blended into Bianco di Custoza alongside Trebbiano and Garganega.

The thin-skinned, green colored grape of Cortese is quite sensitive to rot and must be carefully maintained in the vineyard. Cortese vines are vigorous in nature so yields must be kept in check in order for the grapes to remain concentrated and flavorful. If not, the result of wines produced may be bland and lacking in character. With careful attention in the vineyard and when properly vinified, the Cortese grape produces wines of unrivaled quality.

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