Ernesto Picollo: 2010 Gavi di Gavi “Rovereto”

If you’ve been paying close attention to our inventory over the past few years, you may have noticed that our selections of vini d’Italia have increased over three-fold. We can cite many reasons why this is, but it’s good to be in the right place at the right time. Last month we told you about our latest container from Italy, and how it was bursting with new goodies, some of which we’ve never sold before. Alas, there was one name that when pulled from the container garnered the praise and celebration of our entire staff, Ernesto Picollo. His Gavi DOCG and Gavi di Gavi have pleased many a customer and staff member of TWH for a several vintages, and we’re delighted to have the 2010s in stock.

Made from the Cortese grape, the wines from Gavi are typically medium bodied with bright acidity and hints of citrus fruit. Ah, but Picollo’s Gavi are so much more! The entry level Gavi DOCG is crisp and clean, infused with minerals, citrus and stone fruit. The Gavi di Gavi “Rovereto” is a more refined, precise take on both variety and terroir. From vines averaging 35 years of age, its aromatics are pure apricot/peach framed by fresh rocky mineral. The palate is focused and balanced, much like a newly sharpened knife. For the price, it’s tough to beat. Finally, the Gavi di Gavi “Rughe” is Ernesto’s cream of the crop. It is produced in very small quantity due to painstaking procedures like crop thinning prior to ripening and secondary fruit selection. The Rughe has all the precision of the Rovereto, yet has the opulence you’d find in a white wine twice the price.

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