Gavi "Vecchie Vigne," Francesco Rinaldi
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Gavi "Vecchie Vigne," Francesco Rinaldi - 2019

Item # 40996 750mL

A refeshing and expressive Gavi from the revered, traditional producers in Barolo. Luciano Rinaldi, who took over the reigns of the family winery all the way back in 1941, is today assisted by his nieces, Paola & Piera as they carry on the traditional winemaking that have been treasured for generations.

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I was looking to try a multitude of neutral, Italian white wines for a class I was taking. I decided, on a whim, to take a bottle of Gavi home. I am not usually a drinker of Gavi, so I went with a producer I knew made wonderful red wine from the Langhe region in Piedmont. Francesco Rinaldi "Vecchie Vigne" Gavi is made form 100% Cortese grapes and steel fermented so the juice retains its fresh and floral characteristics. White peaches, green pears, lemon peel, and white lily aromas improve and concentrate with a little time in glass. In the mouth the wine is medium weight with a markedly austere elegance. A nervy acidity gives this wine incredible freshness while a pleasant bitter almond finish is long and focused. Pairs nicely with roasted white fish with lemon or a freshly buttered pasta with a copious amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano.




The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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A white variety grown throughout much of Italy, but most widely known for the lovely wines it produces in Piedmont's Gavi DOCG. The best Cortese wines are fresh, aromatic and fruity, with a bracing minerality and citrus on the finish.

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