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Valle Berta (Italy) Gavi 2001
Made by Araldica, which is a large Piedmontese co-operative whose wines appear on many merchant's shelves. They produce an array of wines, from big, serious Barolo's, to sparkling Asti, to this, clean-as-a-whistle white wine made from the Cortese grape. Fashionable and usually expensive, Gavi is unoaked and gently aromatic, and a perfect food wine for fish, goat's cheese or creamy pasta. The nose has a subtle floral fragrance, with plenty of crisp asian pear and melon fruit, and a pear-drop note. On the palate it is refreshingly zesty, with lemon and lime flavours, but quite a broad, weighty appeal. There are subtle undertones of fig and almond, and the finish is quite long and elegant. Very attractive and a nice Sauvigon Blanc alternative. From Virginwines.com £6.99