Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese “Gaudio” DOC
The Gaudio family has been making Monferrato wine for three centuries in an area protected by UNESCO, just north of Asti. The winery began bottling its own wine in 1973 under Amilcare Gaudio who later handed the reins to his son Mauro. Today, the winery is run by granddaughter Beatrice who brings a fresh outlook, aiming for elegant wines with great concentration.
Gaudio – an auspicious name – means “bliss” while Bricco Mondalino pays tribute to the Mondalino peak (hilltop is bricco or bric in the Piedmont dialect). The Gaudio vineyards cover 18 hectares (44.5 acres), all in elevated, sunny positions on white, calcareous marl terrain, rich in fossils and marine deposits from the Miocene period (60 million years ago). Interestingly, the family still finds fossils as they work in their sustainably cultivated vineyards.
This wine comes from the Gaudio’s finest Grignolino vineyard and shows remarkable richness and extract, as well as an intriguingly rustic nuance that makes it very versatile with food.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, USA, Puerto Rico, Australia
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
About 2 weeks
Type of yeast:
20-28 °C (68-82.4 °F)
Pumpovers and delestage
Length of maceration:
Barrique and tonneaux
225 L and 900 L
First and second use
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Aging before bottling:
300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
65 quintals per hectare
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Dark amaranth red. Wild strawberry, raspberry and black cherry, with wild rose, and a bit of white pepper. Smooth and structured on the palate because of the tannins and fresh thanks to the acidity. Shows remarkable richness and extract, as well as an intriguingly gritty nuance that makes it very versatile with food.
Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).
Roasts, red meat, game and aged cheese.