How Good is Marchese Raggio Gavi DOCG Italian White Wine?
Wine Review of Marchese Raggio La Lomellina Gavi del Commune di Gavi DOCG Cortese vino bianco, Veneto, Italy
Score-Rating: 90/100 points
Gavi, also known as Cortese di Gavi is a DOCG appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controlatta e Guarantita) located in the southern part of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy.
The town of Gavi itself is situated at the center of the Gavi production area that covers 13 communes in total.
Only the wines made around the town of Gavi can claim the name ‘Gavi di Gavi’ or ‘Gavi del Commune di Gavi’. In this relatively small production zone, is a historical producer settled in a magnificent property by the name of Tenuta La Lomellina, Marchese Raggio.
Marchese Raggio makes its Gavi DOCG wine from 100% Cortese grapes harvested and selected by hand, grown on vineyards at an altitude between 250 and 280 meters above sea level (850 ft.).
The wine is fermented at cold temperature, then aged for 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks with the objective of expressing the pure expression of the Gavi terroir.
Marchese Raggio Gavi Wine Review in Video
Overall Review Notes & Tasting Impressions
With a vibrant, slightly pale lemon-green color, this Italian white appears inviting thanks to touches of shiny gold hues, clearly looking like a crisp white wine not aged in oak.
The nose is delicate, only discretely delivering an array of white flowers, lily, lemon and slightly yeasty aromas. The aromatic profile is soft, but refined and rather complex, focused on primary floral and fruity tones.
The tasting reveals a wine with a crisp and mineral, focused acidity giving it a lean and refreshing feel.
Yet, the obvious ageing on lees has given it a round, opulent and oily texture that balances the acidity out really well.
The overall feel is dry, both coating your palate with bursting flavors, as well delivering a zingy mineral sensation.
Flavors of citrus (tangerine, orange peel, lemon and cumquat) combined with leesy notes of brioche and a lifted minty character, are long, layered and salivating.
A wine that craves for pairing with foods, and it will be a very versatile one at that.
Food & Wine Pairing?
You can imagine sipping it on its own as aperitif (or Aperitivo as say the Italians), or pair with seafood dishes, grilled meats, white meats. It should match well a great variety of flavors, from being dry and oily at the same time, with powerful flavors too.
My ideal food pairing suggestion? Garlic and parsley spicy prawns a la plancha.
A wine meant and excellent to be drunk now and within 2-3 years.