2018 Cascina degli Ulivi 'Ivag' Bianco

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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: Cortese
  • Piedmont, Italy
  • Biodynamic farming
  • Spontaneous fermentation 
  • No sulphur added
  • Unfined/Unfiltered
  • 13% ABV

When you talk about natural wine these days a handful of vignerons get put into that catagory of 'icon' , Stefano Belotti is a part of that catagory (unfortuantley Stefano passed away during the 2018 vintage and is deeply missed). This wine is a decalsified Gavi, hence the clever Ivag name, and was only done so after the DOC of Italy said Stefano's wines were not 'typical" of Gavi. I would say these wines are the most honest represantaion of the region. Bright and zippy while also being textured and honeyed. A little secondary fermentaion has happend in bottle so expect some sprtiz when first opened. Drink with cured meats, summer fruits and a joint.