OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAraldica Vini Piedmontese, Gavi (Piedmont, Italy) “La Battistina” 2012($17, Angelini Wines Ltd): Araldica Vini Piedmontese is a co-op, but don’t let that deter you from buying this wine.  Co-ops in general get an undeservedly bad rap.  In my experience they can stratify their products quite precisely, selecting their best wines and bottling them separately.  In addition, in this instance, Angelini, a top-notch producer in Tuscany and who has selected this Gavi, is a name you can trust.  Fresh and vivacious, this Gavi has a sharp cutting edge that offsets a hint of pear-like flavors.  There’s a lovely firmness that keeps you interested throughout a meal.  It’s an ideal and refreshing choice for grilled fish this summer.
89 Michael Apstein Jul 16, 2013