Castello di Tassarolo
The Spinolas, one of Europe’s oldest families, are traceable to the 9th century. Massimiliana Spinola took over the estate (and castle!) on the death of her father and immediately applied bio-dynamic methods.
Vineyard size 20 hectares. Organic since 2009.
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Spinola Trio Gift, in wooden box
A wonderful no added sulphur wooden gift box with 3 wonderful Italian wines.
The wines included are:
Monferrato Rosso ‘Cuvée’ DOC.
An elegant and medium-bodied red is produced without the addition of any sulphur, from grapes grown using biodynamic methods. Ripe, soft and locally traditional Barbera grapes have been skillfully blended with some Cabernet Sauvignon which lends weight and backbone. The result is balanced, expressive and smooth.
Gavi Frizzante ‘Sparkling Spinola’ DOC.
Sparkling Gavi is not widely available but this delicious example from the historic Castello di Tassarolo suggests that it deserves a wider audience. Made without any added sulphur, it’s a light and refreshing Frizzante with a fruity, green apple nose and matching flavours on the palate. Easy-drinking and versatile.
Gavi ‘Spinola’ DOCG.
It’s harder to make good white wine with no added sulphur than good red not least because the tannin in most red wine also acts as a preservative, but we love this dry, elegant white from Piedmont in north-west Italy. Sometimes dubbed ‘the Chablis of Italy’, Gavi is a classy white with delicate stone and orchard fruit and some minerality.