Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2018 - Argonaut Wine & Liquor
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2018
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Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2018

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750ml
$30.99

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Category White Wine
Varietal
Region Italy, Piedmont, Roero
Brand Bruno Giacosa
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
The nose presents pineapple, pear and apricot notes with floral hints. On the palate, it is fresh, full-bodied, with mineral notes and a persistent finish.
Wine Review Online
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 Arneis is a grape variety that almost disappeared.  It is grown in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, home of the Nebbiolo grape that blesses us with Barolo and Barbaresco.  How fitting that two Barolo producers, Bruno Giacosa and Vietti’s Alfredo Curado saw the grape’s virtues.  Ian d’Agata notes in his Native Wine Grapes of Italy that Arneis and Nebbiolo have historical ties.  In the past it was called Nebbiolo Bianco.  It was sometimes added to Barolo to soften the wine’s acidity.  It was also interplanted with to lure birds away from the later ripening and more valuable Nebbiolo.  Because Arneis is not a high acid grape, and it can lose the acidity it has without warning overnight, it requires dedication and vigilance to harvest at exactly the right time, and for many vintners may not be worth the effort.  Fortunately, Bruno’s daughter, Bruna shares her late father’s dedication to this grape.  It is fermented in stainless steel tanks, sees no oak or malolactic fermentation, to focus on the fruit flavors, freshness and balance.  Floral, ripe peach aromas introduce round ripe flavors of peach, citrus and tropical fruits balanced with citrusy acidity.  It is quite enjoyable as an aperitif or with a pasta with lemon butter sauce.  

Ed McCarthy
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Roero Arneis is a fragrant and linear white wine with plenty of spicy lemon, tangerine and crushed stone aromas. The 2017 vintage of this wine (from a hotter vintage) showed more tropical fruit, whereas this cooler vintage offers more citrus and mineral notes. Bruna Giacosa tells me that she prefers 2017 over this 2018; however, it's all a matter of personal choice. I am partial to this vintage because of those tangy flavors and the wine's precisely linear quality. However, this wine is set to flesh out and gain in volume after the summer because Arneis starts to show its best results in September following the harvest.

Monica Larner, June 28, 2019
Wine Spectator
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Ripe peach and melon notes are underlined by lemon accents and zingy acidity in this succulent white. Balanced, featuring a light bitterness and a white pepper finish. Drink now. 11,400 cases made, 3,200 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, April 30, 2020

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