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Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco Ciliegie 2017

Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Delicate nose of white stone fruit, jasmine, acacia tree flowers and a hint of tropical fruit (papaya) due to the warm vintage. The mouth has good texture, balance and lift provided by bright acidity.

    This is a fine, elegant white wine, perfect as an apertif or with light seafood preparations.

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    The Almondo Family is attested in the registers of the municipality of Montà going back to the fourteenth century. In addition to grapevines, the cultivation of which is attested throughout the centuries via legislative codes, the area has also always been considered exceptional for asparagus, strawberries and peaches. Similar to these crops, the grape Arneis of Montà excels in aromas and fullness of flavor.

    After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Sciences in 1980, it was Domenico Almondo who brought the push towards high-quality viticulture to the small family vineyard. His ambition was to create an Arneis both elegant and distinct in character; in other words, a contemporary white wine. This is what led to the first experiments involving the certainty of modern technology: temperature control, the utilization of inert gasses in all wine-cellar operations, careful management of the reduction process and of the lees. These processes create the Almondo Style, a style composed of impressive aromas, fragrance and minerality.

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    Even to this day, the Roero folklore lives on about witchcraft lurking behind its dramatic contours and obscure woods—but these stories only add to the region’s allure and charm. Actually today Roero winemakers are some of the most astute and motivated in Piedmont. While the white Arneis has attracted global attention for some time, now Roero Nebbiolo wines (elevated to the same DOCG status as Barolo and Barbaresco) are making a name for themselves. Keep an eye on any labeled with the vineyard, Valmaggiore, as Barolo producers have been investing here for years. If you’re looking for hidden gems, this is your region!

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    Yielding a dry and subtly scented wine, Arneis is the star white grape of Piedmont. While it once risked extinction, lost in the shadow of the regions' star red varieties, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, the grape experienced an explosion in popularity in the 1980s due to growing local demand for white wine. Barolo and Barbaresco producers finally recognized the gold mine of superb Arneis vines that had been growing for decades in Roero, merely kilometers away across the Tanaro River.

    This low-yielding variety ripens in the second half of September and its wine is typically fermented in stainless steel only in order to preserve its fresh acidity.

    In the Glass

    Full of ripe white peach, green apple, raw almond and savory notes on the palate, the wine naturally often smells of vanilla and white flowers, making it a fantastic summer sipper, porch wine and in Piedmont, apertivo wine.

    Perfect Pairings

    There is no shortage of quaffable, light and young Arneis poured by the glass locally in every Piemontese bar, café, and restaurant. It pairs perfectly with light soft, fresh cheeses, prosciutto, flaky white fish, herb-laden fritatta and pesto.

    Sommelier Secret

    A few key Roero producers are also focusing on exploring the ageability of high quality Arneis. It isn’t grown anywhere else in Italy but to a very limited extent, producers in California, Oregon, Australia and New Zealand are growing this grape and the results are promising.

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