Borgatta - Biancospino 2015
The very last vintage of Emilio Oliveri's only white wine. In spring 2016, this tiny parcel was hit by a terrible frost that ended up wiping out a sizeable portion of this plot of Cortese grapes. As he only produced 500 bottles or so of this wine to begin with, the prospect of making even less didn't make sense so he ended up pulling out the vines. As Emilio is now in his 80's, the idea of replanting also did not seem too appealing. Cortese is perhaps better known for Gavi, although this is a world apart. Strong notes of crisp green apple and elderflower, with a texture and roundness from a few years of bottle age and a lovely minerality.