Arneis is a white grape vine very ancient, originally from
Piedmont Arneis was nearly lost, cultivated in only a few rows Within Nebbiolo.Thanks to the entrepreneurial know-how of a small group of producers, who realised that a good white wine among so many reds was necessary to the area, that Arneis Was saved from extinction and production recommenced. A lovely vintage for Arneis which produced a wine with a glorious fleshy texture with notes of peach, apricot and kiwi, a touch of almond on the finish and well balanced acidiy
Origin: An ancient variety grown near Alba in Piemonte (northwest Italy). Recently saved from extinction by a few notable Barolo (Nebbiolo) producers. Arneis is sometimes referred to as Barolo Bianco although never labeled as such. Difficult to grow, "Arneis" in the regional dialect means "little rascal." It is often used as a blender to soften tannins in the red wines of the area, much as the French use Viognier in the Northern Rhone.
Description: Delicate aromas and flavors of pears, with a hint of almonds. The grape seems to possess more acidity in California than in Italy, yielding a crisper wine with a more lingering finish.