Region: Roero Arneis DOCG
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2018
Perfect with: As an aperitif with light hors d’oeuvres, crudités, seafood, salads, light soups, simply prepared veal, pork, chicken and creamy cheeses.
Why You'll Love It?
Vietti is literally the father of Arneis- a grape that was almost extinct in the 60s until Alfredo Currado decided to replant it. When others were experimenting with international varietals like Chardonnay, Alfredo wanted to go back to his roots. At the time there was around 4000 vines of Arneis, mostly used to dilute lower quality Nebbiolo. But it was Alfredo that saw the true potential of what is now dubbed the 'white Nebbiolo'. The Vietti Arneis is uniquely made with some skin contact which produces a white with great texture and greater ageing potential.
The grapes are selected from vineyards located in the middle of the Roero area, in Santo Stefano Roero. The vineyards are planted with 4.500-5.000 plants per hectare. Beginning in mid-September, grapes from 25-year-old vines in Santo Stefano Roero are harvested, pressed and clarified. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel autoclave at lower temperature (10-12°C, 50-53° F) to preserve some natural CO2 from the fermentation. There is no malolactic fermentation which preserves acidity and freshness. The wine is held in stainless steel tanks until bottling.
Pale yellow in colour with a slight golden hue. Nose offers aromas of nashi pears, honeysuckle, white nectarine and a hint of spiced honey. Palate has great structure, really textural, medium bodied, creamy mid palate but with a refreshing underscore of minerality and balanced acidity. Flavours of pears, Jasmine, lemon curd with almond skin finish.