Fattoria San Giuliano – Langhe Arneis DOC 2021

Arneis is a white Italian wine grape variety originating from Piedmont, Italy. It is most commonly found in the hills of the Roero, northwest of Alba, where it is part of the white Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines of Roero.

It can also be used to produce DOC wines in Langhe. Arneis (literally: little rascal, in Piemontese) is so called because it is regarded as a somewhat difficult variety to grow, with low yields and a susceptibility to diseases like powdery mildew. It also loses acidity rapidly once the grapes become ripe. Rather than a slow decline as the sugars go up, arneis will hold quite intense acidity only for it to plummet over a few days. Arneis goes to making white table wines, and is typically raised in steel tanks, though some fuller expressions employing oak, though rarely new, are also made. In Italy, it is also used to make spumante (sparkling) styles. In Australia, the wines made from arneis are usually on the brighter, crisper side, with some more textural examples, too.

While its stronghold is in Piedmont, Arneis is also grown in Liguria and Sardinia. Outside of Italy, some Arneis is grown in the U.S., notably in California’s Sonoma County and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Other new world regions producing Arneis include Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales in Australia and Gisbourne, New Zealand.

My tasting Notes:

Straw yellow colour with greenish highlights, fresh, citrus aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple with a light acidity, and a good minerality, well balanced with a long pleasant slightly almondy finish.

Food Pairing:

Creamy seafood pasta & risotto, chicken, veal, turkey, shellfish, a great complement to fresh herbs like tarragon, cold ham and salami, crudites, zucchini patties, various appetisers, as well as ham cooked on the bone.

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