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The Cortese Grape


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About Cortese

(Synonyms: Corteis, Courteis, Courtesia.)

Background

Map showing the Piedmont region of Italy.

Cortese is a centuries-old white-wine grape originating in the province of Alessandria in the Piedmont region of Italy, which remains today (with nearby Asti) the home of this perhaps over-popular grape variety, best known as the informing grape of Gavi (and Cortest di Gavi) wines.

We say “perhaps over-popular” because the wines are by and large quite neutral, their chief (or only) redeeming virtue being a sharp acidity, a quality scarcely unique to this grape. Such specimens considered particularly above average will also have some mild aromas and some mild mineral and citrus overtones (also qualities scarcely unique). But, for reasons best known to marketers, Gavi wines are quite popular.

Factoid: Contrary to the silly legends, Gavi is not named after some princess, but rather comes from the Italian word for “cave”.

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Some Descriptions of Cortese Wines

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Some Corteses to Try

(About this list.)

Ottosoldi Gavi

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Giustiniana “Lugarara” Gavi di Gavi

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Pio Cesare Gavi di Gavi

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Giacomo Ascheri “Cristina Ascheri” Gavi di Gavi

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Picollo Ernesto Gavi
(Do not confuse this with their “Rovereto”, “Le Rive”, or “Rughé” bottlings.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Cortese wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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