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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Cornarea 2014 Roero Arneis

Posted on | December 15, 2015 | Written by Stephane Menard | No Comments

WH1992-2Arneis, also called Nebbiolo Bianco, stands alongside Gavi di Gavi as one of Piedmont’s most highly regarded white wines. Arneis almost went extinct, and it was rescued only in the 1970s when the Cornarea estate started replanting a 35-acre hillside vineyard with the grape, assuring its revival in the region. The DOCG Roero Arneis is located just northwest of Alba. Most wine producers here grow Nebbiolo, but Arneis has caught on in recent years.  Soils in Roero are primarily sandy, resulting in aromatic wines. Roero, like its neighboring regions, enjoys a continental climate, with altitudes edging around 1,300 feet above sea level, and the wines it produces tend to be highly structured, if more accessible than those of regions nearby.

Recently, IWM got in the , and I had to take a bottle home. Dry and crisp, this Roero Arneis bursts with blossom-like aromas complemented by flavors of fresh pear and stone fruits. This white is a great alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. This ’14 has really nice acidity that makes it a perfect to complement a wide range of foods, from white meats to seafood. Given how freakishly warm the weather has been this fall, I’m glad I got more than one bottle of this Roero Arneis. Its versatility swings with the weather and my mood, and as we head toward the holidays, it’s great to have a delicious under $27 white on hand.

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