Gavi di Gavi 'La Minaia' 2019
Our Gavi di Gavi from Nicola Bergaglio is simply the best Gavi di Gavi I have ever tasted and in a different world from most Gavis and Gavi di Gavis. The new 2019 vintage is wonderfully fresh, elegant and aromatic with fine fruit flavours from the Cortese grape as well a decent hint of minerality from their terroir.
I was going to say that this a great food wine that goes brilliantly will pasta and risotto - which it is - but it is also a terrific wine on its own. For those of you who haven't yet tried it, you won't be disappointed.
How does the wine taste?
All the classic flavours you would expect of a Gavi di Gavi - pears, citrus fruit, apples - but with a balance and length unusual for a wine at this price. This is a finely crafted, fresh white which would also make an ideal match for all manner of white fish dishes.
What do the critics say?
Here's an assessment of the previous vintage as Gavi di Gavi 2019 has been released recently.
"Mrs Ray also has a distinct weakness for Gavi di Gavi, honed during many years of sitting by sun-dappled pools on holiday in Italy. She heartily approved of the 2017 Nicola Bergaglio, La Minaia Gavi di Gavi and I lapped it up too (what little she left). Made from 100 per cent Cortese in the heart of Piedmont, its stainless-steel fermented for freshness and spends plenty of time in bottle before release. Its aromatic and peachy with mouth-filling fresh fruit and a long, silky finish."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"Fresh hints of citrus fruit, hawthorn followed by sea and cliff aromas...The length demonstrates incisiveness. Pronounced flavour and juicy drink. Drink 2017-2023" February 2018.
"Tre Bicchieri (3 glasses) 2016 - Winner - 2015 vintage. Tre Bicchieri is the most coveted award for an Italian wine. This is the highest rating that can be given to a wine as part of 'Vini dItalia' guide book."