Cortese

(aka. Gavi)

Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘Gavi’. The resulting wine can be described as typically Italian, with high acidity, neutral flavor and delicate aromas. Although the wines are rarely of exceptional quality, they command a relatively high price because of Piedmont's esteemed location as a viticultural region. A few dedicated Italian producers have planted the grape in California, but its acreage is miniscule.


Lean, aloof and perfectly tailored. You travel
the world with an air of Italian sophistication.
Your cosmopolitan friends would be surprised to
learn that you were born a simple farm girl in the
hills of Monferrato. Look at you now Ms Cortese.
In your element, the spokeswoman for a trendy
designer label. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Canti Estate Gavi 2012

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    Light straw color with slight hint of greenish hues. Aroma is flowery with ... ... is my first exposure to the Cortese Grape and I find it interestin Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • I’ve been on a bit of a get out of your comfort zone kick as of late, and ... the indigenous Arneis and Cortese, to Chardonnay, Riesling and somewhat surprisingly Sauvignon Blanc, which seems to be quite popular with a broad range of producers. Fortunately for us there is also Nascetta, though the spelling seems yet to be agreed upon. Hailing f... Read More

    From the article Unsung Heros - Italian Whites


  • Mosby Cortese Santa Barbara County la Donna 2011

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    A bit sharp on the nose very polleny and somewhat balsamic, earthy, and smelling of natural yeast? A touch lower in acid than I would like but nicely mineral with a broad, creamy mid-palate filled with melon tinged citrus pith flavors that end with solid savory, earthy length. Pure, fresh and slightly grapy with a touch of spearmint on the apple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mosby Cortese Santa Barbara County la Donna 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... that was using the Italian Cortese grape.  That is pretty unusual, here.) Temecula is definitely a "warm climate" region,  OK, let's make that "hot climate."  The best wines I have tried from Temecula have been Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel, although Hart had a muc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I am from South Africa and became very familiar with the wines. Now I have to start all over with learning about wines from the Americas. Excited! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • La Trombetta Gavi 2012

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    Quite bland. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tenuta Olim Bauda Cortese Gavi di Gavi 2008

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    I have a 4 bottles of their 2008. I opened one over the weekend and it seems to be the right time for drinking. I may save the others a few more years.posted 7/09/2013 Read More

    Wine review by JJBert


  • I'm planning on exploring a lot of different white wines this summer. ... ... ... had my first and only Cortese wine but it was pretty crappy. I'm planning on spending time with various white Italian wines, and also white wines from Spain. (Albarino is a newly discovered favorite of mine).Last night I had a white torrontes with dinner at a re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Summer White Quest


  •  Each year when our parochial school has its magazine drive, we select 'Wine Enthusiast' to grace our mailbox.  Yesterday while I am bringing in the mail I see on the front cover "Summer Wine Issue."  Funny thing is, my mind read "issue" as "problem". One of those funny little shortcuts your mind takes.  You see, for me it is a problem. I am for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Summer White Quest


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