This is our second vintage of Cortese from Cascina Cortese Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley. Cortese is a varietal grown predominantly in the Piemonte region of northeastern Italy and is the exclusive varietal found in Gavi (a DOCG* in southern Piemonte), where is has been
grown since the 17th Century. Although it's the only wine allowed to be made in Gavi, there are many different styles produced, including
sparkling, barrel fermented, stainless steel and more.
Several years ago, Steve was approached by Santa Ynez Valley resident Al Cortese, whose family vineyard comprises varietals found where
Al’s great-grandfather emigrated from — Gavi, Italy! Our 2014 vintage was made from the first fruit picked at this site—an inaugural vintage. Like Gavi, our winegrowing area in the Santa Ynez Valley also benefits from an ocean-influenced terroir, with ancient sea beds giving the soils and many of our wines a clean and crisp touch of salinity.
*DOCG = Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. The highest classification for Italian wines
"I absolutely loved the 2015 Cortese, which is made from 100% Cortese (this is a white grape indigenous to Italy) and spent eight months in neutral French oak. Hitting a whopping 11.5% natural alcohol, this lightly colored beauty offers
loads of stone fruits, citrus blossom, freshly cut hay and a touch of minerality in a supple, silky and perfectly balanced package that just begs to be drunk. Buy this beauty by the case and drink it
over the coming year." - 90 Points, Wine Advocate