For more than three generations the Tacchino family has produced superb fresh and vibrant wines in Castelletto d’Orba in Monferrato, Piedmont. This is perfect wine country as the hills provide a natural amphitheatre which protects the vineyards from the northerly winds. Alessio and Romina represent the new Tacchino generation and have certainly inherited their father’s and grandfather’s passion. This passion and respect for tradition is harmoniously blended with modern wine-making methods and equipment and a rigorous attention to detail, resulting in a range of wines of outstanding elegance and purity. Tacchino’s vines are spread over 25 hectares, about half of which benefit from a south/south-easterly aspect and great care is taken to restrict yields.
New to the list this year, the Moscato d’Asti (5.5%abv) is light and very refreshing with lemon citrus flavours. A firm favourite of the Bancroft team, the Gavi di Gavi is full of citrus fruit and tropical notes with crisp acidity and a lingering finish. As for the reds, the Barbera del Monferrato has deep, velvety red fruit flavours with spicy notes and the Du Riva Dolcetto d’Ovada is intense with rich damson fruit flavours. The 2008 vintage was recently awarded the Tre Bicchieri award.
Moscato d’Asti NV - "With its light grapiness and extreme freshness, this is almost irresistible. It's so refreshing and even has a rather stylish label. Serve it to those for whom anything stronger would be unthinkable. 5.5%" Jancis Robinson MW