One of Piedmont’s famous DOCG zones, Gavi di Gavi at its best is a tight, bright, aromatic white wine primed to be an elevated alternative to Pinot Grigio at your table. La Giustiniana is, without a doubt, an elite Gavi expert. This is a texural wine made entirely of hand-harvested Cortese from the region’s best vineyards. The calcareous soil renders an elegant expression of the grape, and a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel draws out bright herbal notes that linger on the finish. The pronounced acidity and refined profile of anise, green apple, and almond make this dry white a versatile accompaniment for many meals. It shines with fish and light pastas, or sipped as an aperitif.
The 2017 vintage is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2016 vintage received the following:
“Attractively fresh and stony, peachy and minerally, this is fine cortese from La Giustiniana, rich and concentrated for the genre. Yellow plum and fresh spearmint-herbal notes give this an intriguing flavour profile, while the texture is fine and delicate, faintly dusty, with very good length. Pure, unoaked, crisp and lively wine, for drinking over the next 2-3 years.”
90 points, John Szabo MS, Wine Align, Oct 2017