Vallade Gavi – update

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Tesco was selling a ‘Finest’ Gavi which has gone from their shelves to be replaced by this. It’s not as good as their own ‘Finest’ Gavi, or the Araldica Cortese available at Majestic. Girelli are another big Italian producer and their wine is usually good. ‘DOC’ or ‘DOCG’ on bottles are perceived as being some kind of guarantee of quality but this is not the case.

Tasting notes: This did have a faint nutty taste to it, which I like, and was dry, green and crisp, as it should be – but it’s ‘mouthfeel’ was rather thin and watery. I’ve reduced the score on this as on second tasting this had an unpleasant taste of raw alcohol


Region of Origin Piemonte
Wine Colour White
Price £6 – reduced to £5
Where do I get it from? Tesco, available elsewhere.
Current Vintage 2016
Producer Casa Girelli
Type of Closure Screwcap
Bottle size 750ml
Grape 100% Cortese
Country Italy
Points 83

Food Pairings: Fish, salads, chicken.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. hi
    is your gavi vallade white wine meant to taste bitter..? vinagary…..?


    1. atimeforwine says:

      Definitely not. Whilst this is not the best expression of the Cortese grape (Tesco has brought back its Finest Gavi, and it’s good) it sounds like you had a faulty bottle. The worst Gavi this year has been Virgin Wines Gavi, which was tasteless and simply acidic – like wine you describe.


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