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Producer: Michele ChiarloGrape Varieties: 100% CorteseOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Dry balanced fragrant and slightly spicyAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
Michele Chiarlo was born in the Monferrato region of Piemonte where his family has grown grapes for over 5 generations. In 1956 he decided to start a small winery in Calamandrana, a small village nestling in some of Monferrato's finest hillside vineyards. Armed with enthusiasm and an iron will, he worked hard to make the best wines possible. After many years his business finally started to expand. He now owns 50 hectares of vineyards situated in the most prestigious areas and produces top quality Barolos such as Cerequio and Cannubi and a wonderful Barbera d'Asti such as his cru "La Court". He has built a cellar in Barolo to age the wines. In Gavi, he has built a modern winery near the Cortese vineyards where he grows the grapes for what many consider one of Italy's most outstanding white wines.
Grapes: From very low yields of the Cortese grape.
Production From 13 hectare hillside vineyards situated in the Rovereto district which is considered to have the perfect microclimate and soil for the Cortese grape.Chiarlo's advanced vinification facilities lie at the heart of this small but privileged area in which they have also selected the finest vineyards for the production of their wine. Situated on subsoils dominated by chalk and marl of volcanic origin, rich in iron and magnesium, these vines yield small quantities of fruit which produce a Rovereto Gavi del Comune di Gavi of exceptional finesse and surprising longevity.
Winemaking Fermentation takes place in small temperature controlled stainless steel vats to which natural yeasts are added from the same vineyard. The wine then rests on its lees for 2 months before being bottled.
Colour: Straw yellow with green tinges.
Serve: At 10C with hors d'oeuvres, seafood dishes and sushi.
Tasting Dry, balanced and fragrant with a spicy and pleasant mineral tone and crisp finish. A surprisingly long-lived wine which can be expected to evolve for several years.
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