What I love about the Vietti Roero Arneis is the fine, mineral purity, the leesy mouthfeel, and the long finish. There are notes of pear, white stone, flowers, honeysuckle. If you don’t serve the Vietti Roero Arneis too cold, it tastes a lot like Chablis. It is a great drink for now and pairs well with seafood.
Vietti Roero Arneis 2019 100% Arneis from 25 year old vines in Santo Stefano Roero. Vietti Roero Arneis is given stainless steel fermentation and aging. It is left on fine lees until bottling. No malolactic fermentation is used.
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Mario Vietti’s first Vietti wines came out in 1919. By 1952, Vietti was one of the top-level Piedmont producers. Vietti is one of the first producers to release single-vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco. Their wines age so well. They have earnt their reputation on the quality of wines they release. You should look out for their Cru Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera. Also, Vietti pioneered the revival of Arneis: The local white grape.
Vietti Roero Arneis 2019 Winery Notes
“Pale straw yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with almond hints. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish. As an aperitif with light hors d’oeuvres, crudités, seafood, salads, light soups, simply prepared veal, pork, chicken and creamy cheese.”
Piedmont is one of the most significant wine regions in the world. Its name means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont is in the North-Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland, with its border defined by the Alps to the North and west and Apennines to the South. These natural defences kept the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. Luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Arneis translates to ‘little rascal’ because it can be a pain to grow! It is the most complex of the whites used in Piedmont. Made both as in the Roero DOCG and Langhe DOC. In the 1970s, only Vietti and Giacosa were growing and producing Arneis. Thankfully it became more popular. It makes mid-weight wines tasting of sour apple, grapefruit and white flowers. The best I’ve had are Chablis-esque.
Roero Arneis DOC
Must be 100% Arneis from just north of Alba (the heart of the Langhe). There is 425 hectare devoted to this wine.
There are 1000s and 1000s of grapes in Italy. There are sub-alpine cool-climate regions in the North and Sun-baked vineyards in the South. Add to that volcanoes and many cultures within one Country. You could struggle to find anything uniform about the wines. The best of the best include Tuscan reds from Sangiovese or Cabernet. Nebbiolo from Piedmont, especially Barolo and Barbaresco. The aromatic whites of NE Italy from Garganega, Pinot Grigio, and numerous crazy blends. The volcanic wines of Mt Etna in Sicily. And many more.
The only generalisation I will make is that a lot of Italian wine is undervalued when compared to a similar French style.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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