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Musso Roero Arneis 2016

Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

The Roero Arneis is straw yellow in color, offering pleasing aromas of hawthorn, acacia, chamomile, golden apple and hazelnut. On the palate, it is dry and elegant.

Great with poultry or vegetable dishes, salami, pasta and fish.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Here's an excellent recommendation if you are looking for a great-value white from Italy. The 2016 Roero Arneis is a fresh and zesty white wine with lean-bodied appeal. The bouquet offers zesty and green tones of lime, tropical fruit and peach. There is a lot of citrus as well. The wine offers a superior sense of definition and sharpness, thanks to those drying mineral tones that come with the unique Roero territory. The soils here are heavy with calcareous deposits that give sharpness and focus to the bouquet.
Rating: 90+
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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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