Fine Wine Source Wine

May 2019

Franco Serra: Franco Serra is produced by the Sperone family who has been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia and built a bottling facility in Torino. He was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built the current winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato.

About The Gavi DOCG: DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality. There are strict rules governing the production of DOCG wines, most obviously the permitted grape varieties, yields limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures and barrel/bottle maturation. Every DOCG wine is subject to official tasting procedures. To prevent counterfeiting, the bottles have a numbered government seal across the neck. The Gavi, or Cortese di Gavi, is located in the southern part of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. The town of Gavi is at the center of the production zone while Cortese is the indigenous white grape varietal from which it is made. Due to its close proximity with Liguria (A small Mediterranean Coastal region between the French Border and Tuscany) its winemaking and gastronomic traditions are more Ligurian than Piemontese, which could explain the light and fruity style of this white wine. Gavi wine is considered Italy’s “white jewel in the crown” and acquired its DOCG status in 1998.Made exclusively from the Cortese grape, a variety which has a heritage dating back to the 1600s, this is a wine that reflects its terroir. It is noted for its bone-dry character and crisp, flinty and fresh acidity, coming from the mineral-rich soils of the area. The bouquet is particularly floral, offering delicate aromas reminiscent of white flowers, lemons, green apples and honeydew. It also often shows hints of almonds on the finish. The grapes do not offer high levels of potential alcohol, but it is certainly an age-worthy wine.

Varietal: 100% Cortese

Alcohol: 12%

Tasting Notes: Light-bodied, crisp and clean with wonderful sweet fruit and floral aromas. Dry and pleasant with soft fruit flavors, buoyant acidity and hints of minerality.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Clean with zippy acidity, great fruit flavor of cucumber and lime. Best served with antipasti and/or any Mediterranean dish!

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