Wine review: Araldica Vini Piemontesi Gavi La Luciana 2009

Gavi is one of those mysterious Italian wines that is made with one of those mysterious Italian grapes, the cortese. It's a white wine that comes from the Gavi region in a corner of Piedmont, there isn't a whole lot of it, what there is usually doesn't make it to the middle of the country, and it's often quite pricey. If I see Gavi at all, it's on restaurant wine lists, and even then it usually takes a back seat to the Super Tuscans and the rest of the publicity hounds.

So when I found the Araldica ($14, purchased) at a Dallas shop that specializes in Italian wine, and at a price about two-thirds of what most quality Gavis cost, I bought it. And I'm glad I did. The Araldica was much better than I had any right to expect, especially for the price. It had a bit of spice and some lemon fruit, and though it wasn't very sophisticated — no sun-drenched Italian beaches, which is what a great Gavi brings to mind — it was fresh and clean.

I took it to dinner with a wine rep friend of mine, and it was much better than the tired, chain-style Italian food that the restaurant served. Serve the Araldica with any seafood and especially shellfish, and I'm going to buy another bottle to have with spaghetti with clam sauce.

3 thoughts on “Wine review: Araldica Vini Piemontesi Gavi La Luciana 2009

  • By brian -

    I enjoy Gavi, but am hesitant to order it in a restaurant, as I am not familiar with the producers to order confidently.
    however, I will order the Gavi before the over priced Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio anyday.

  • By Denise -

    Sounds like I need to look for Gavi next time I’m out. Sounds like the kind of white wine I enjoy.

  • By Jeff Siegel -

    Wow. Two comments on a white wine. review. Now we’re making some progress, given that red wine reviews are so much more popular here. Thank you, Brian and Denise.

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