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What is Arneis?


(posted 2/21/2013)

Learn from winemaker Giovanni Pasquero-Elia what it takes to make exemplary Arneis such as the Vigna Elsia from Paitin. It is the white wine variety grown in the Piemontese region with flavors both refreshing and engaging.

Recorded April 22, 2011.

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Paitin Roero Arneis Vigna Elsia 2009 
Characteristics: The nose shows bakery-like aromas of sweet almond and springtime honeysuckle. This is a full-bodied version of Arneis, probably because of extended sur lie again, yet it’s a fine-boned wine. The palate shows white – yellow fruits in an almost tropical fashion…all the beautiful qualities you look for in a perfect white wine.
- Wine Tasting note by DYB, May 2011

Piedmont is so often celebrated for its red Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto but the white Arneis reigns as thier loving queen. Serene in its almond nuanced citrus fruit, this wondrous white bears a structuring minerality that follows pleasant aromas that capture your interest. Herbal, fruity, snappy and layered, this prooves Piedmont can excel at whites as well!
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, June 2010

Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $160.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Paitin Roero Arneis Vigna Elsia 2010 
Characteristics: Thank heavens Arneis was preserved for posterity –this variety was nearly lost but the region has cradled it from near extinction to this glorious glass of mineral, citric, sappy and textural. Mandarin and lemon rinds and honeydew are the most prominent fruit that are fragrant and snappy with a polished mouthfeel, an herby nuance, and finish that is crisp yet round with a fresh almond scent –a perfect foil to wrap about broasted chicken, pastas in cream sauce, or soft ripened cheeses.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, November 2012

Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $176.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Vietti Roero Arneis 2011 
Characteristics: Estate grown from the Santo Stefano parcel in Roero (just north of Barolo) this Arneis is exceptional. Fermented in stainless steel without malolactic fermentation, this medium bodied wine still comes with ample body to balance the bright and crisp orchard fruit that refresh the whole palate and finish with a snappy floral finish. Vietti’s name is synonymous with Arneis, Piedmont’s indigenous dry white, because it was Luca’s father Alfredo, “the father of Arneis” who restored this nearly extinct variety to global fame. Invigorating and inviting, Arneis is a favorite with seafood, mild pork dishes, and my personal favorite: the elemental pleasure of paring this with a simply dressed roasted chicken.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 2013

“Pale sunshine yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almonds. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish.”
Tasting note from Vietti

A word on the heritage of Vietti’s Arneis connection:
Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) is also called the “father of Arneis” as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!
Origin: Italy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $224.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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