Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Cameron Hughes 2019 Lot 752 Gavi DOCG

Cameron Hughes Lot 752 GaviLooking for a satisfying white wine that breaks the mold? This wallet-friendly white from Cameron Hughes fits the bill.

Uncorking Italy

I really didn’t know. Cameron Hughes, one of our favorite vignerons, has wine from… Italy.

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We normally think of this brand as one that brings standout wines (and values) from California, Washington, and Oregon. But indeed it does also import some nice wines from Italy (Spain and France too).

We uncorked this bottle during a recent socially distanced tasting with friend Arthur Barham of Merlot2Muscadine. We were enjoying some pleasantly warm weather – but things changed in a flash and so we had to become garagistes as I converted the garage into a make-shift but fun tasting room.

Goodness, It’s Gavi

This Gavi comes from the northwestern part of Italy in the Piedmont region. It’s a DOCG wine, meaning that they have a regulatory council not only handing down rules about vineyards and production, but also guaranteeing the quality. It’s always a reassuring sign.

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Gavi is made with the Cortese grape and these were hand picked from select vineyards with exceptional soil and sun exposure. This weighs in at a lower ABV of 12%.

Even though it was chilly in the garage, this chilled wine hit the right note. It is light and breezy with notes of peach and apple. The body is light-plus, meaning you get a fuller experience than some thin-bodied whites. The acidity is enough to provide structure, but not too zingy to disrupt the vibe. It’s that acidity that could enable you to age this bottle for three or four years – but why wait?

The SRP is a mere $15 on the Cameron Hughes website. I’d say this is perfect for entertaining outdoors when that warm weather finally arrives. This is a limited run of 800 cases and you may want to purchase several, since the deals on Cameron Hughes can sell out quickly. This is a great chance to explore a delicious Italian white at a smart price.

Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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