In a nutshell: A classic fresh and crisp Gavi di Gavi from Piedmont in North West Italy.
The lowdown: The Rovereto vineyard, from where this comes, is in one of the most favoured locations in Gavi. The result gives a wine with nice zesty citrus fruits and nettles which lead onto riper stone fruits with touches of herbs coming through. There's also an impressive depth and complexity to the fruit flavours and together with the well balanced acidity and persistent length makes this quite impressive.
When to drink: Try with sushi, seafood, or spicy Asian dishes.
Certainly one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers.
Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.