Domenico Almondo and his sons Stefano and Federico make the best Roero Arneis. (The estate is named after Domenico’s father.) Their Nebbiolos are excellent, but their Arneis bottlings transcend the type, showing the typical herb and pit fruit aromas and flavors of the variety but with a much more interesting structure than most, almost like bone-dry Riesling. There are three bottlings, Vigne Sparse, Bricco delle Ciliegie, and Le Rive del Bricco; all of them are estate-grown and fermented in stainless steel. These are savory, restrained, mouthwatering white wines.
The Bricco del Ciliegie, named after the single vineyard where it is grown. Very concentrated with lots of wet stone aroma and flavor, pit fruit, herbs. If you like good Chablis, you should try this bottle. Estate-grown, fermented in stainless steel, aged in stainless steel for ten months with about 5% aged in untoasted small barrels.
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