Luigi Spertino - 2016 Cortese, Piemonte Vilet
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I was startled by my first experience with Mauro Spertino's Cortese. These white grapes are crafted into wine like reds, spending about forty days on their skins. After the fermentation and lengthy post-fermentation maceration the wine is pressed and then aged in terracotta amphora vats for eighteen months. It is indeed an “orange wine,” but one like few others. It’s nearly perfect with not a single hair out of place. It’s by far the most compelling I’ve had from this category of rare wine. Everything about it is intricately and precisely embroidered with a gold-like splendor. If a wine were to be described as a painting, Mauro’s Cortese would be Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I.