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From "the emperor of Arneis", winemaker Antonio Deltetto, an internationally recognized expert in this varietal, this wine shines a clear straw yellow color with greenish relfections. It opens with a rich bouquet of spring flowers, bananas, apple and apricot with pure well-balanced flavors of ripe fruit to follow.
2008 World Wine Championships, silver, highly recommended
Are you on the verge of joining the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) camp? Bored with Pinot Grigio? Don’t despair. In our 2006 Deltetto, Langhe Arneis, Piedmont, Italy we’ve unearthed an unoaked, crisp, floral white from northern Italy that will have you singing its praises after just one sip. Once you discover it, you’ll wonder how you ever put up with those over-the-top oak bombs!
Arneis, a lively grape
Few are able to obtain such a beautiful expression of the Arneis grape as vintner and winemaker, Antonio Deltetto, internationally recognized as the “Emperor of Arneis”. Arneis (pronounced “ahr-NASE”) is a fruity, unctuous wine that dances on the tongue with a dry, lively acidity. It’s a fairly full white that has come in and out of fashion over the last several decades. However, it’s always a chic match with seafood. With a clean straw yellow color it reveals delicate notes of apricot and green apple both to the nose and the mouth. Fermented in stainless steel to maintain the clarity of the fruit, it offers persistent banana and pear fruit flavors laced with a hint of sage, a perfect change of pace from your everyday white.
Arneis means “rascal” in “Piedmontese”, perhaps due to the fact that the vine is "stubborn" and "difficult to grow". It may also be a reference to the whimsical fact that in ancient times one or two lines of this variety were planted in red grape vineyards because the early ripening of these grapes preserved the harvest of red grapes from wasps'' attack.
Piedmont food and wine – one treasure deserves another
Traditional Piedmont cuisine is more closely linked to France than to the rest of Italy, probably because of Piedmont''s proximity to France. The French influence may be seen (and tasted!) especially in the extensive use of butter, cream and eggs in local fare. Try this wine with fresh fish baked with lemon or a mushroom risotto and you’ll understand why! Experiment with this extremely rich and fresh white today – delightful and irresistible.