2020 Roero, Arneis, Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont, Italy

2020 Roero, Arneis, Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont, Italy

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2020 Roero, Arneis, Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont, Italy

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Davide Rosso works with an old friend of his in nearby Roero for this special expression of the local Arneis grape. Grown organically in a single vineyard, the old vines here soak up minerality from the sandy, fossil-filled soils. The 2020 is the perfect aperitivo: fresh and lucid, with a nose of green apple, wildflowers, lime and white peach. The palate is soft but wonderfully tangy, with a distinct mineral finish. This is perfect with shellfish or crab cakes with Thai spices.

Drink now to 2025.

Davy Żyw, Wine Buyer (Sept 2021)

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Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont

Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont

Giovanni Rosso is a small, family-owned estate in Barolo. The Rosso family has been growing grapes in Serralunga d’Alba since the 1890s, but it was only Giovanni who started bottling wine in the late 1990s.

His son Davide, returning from apprenticeships abroad – including at Grivot and Denis Mortet in Burgundy, took over the winemaking in the early 2000s. Since then, he has rightly gained a reputation as one of the region’s finest Nebbiolo winemakers.

He may not have the name or history of some of his famous neighbours, but as a result he’s even more driven to prove himself. His range of unparalleled Serralunga Baroli are traditionally and expertly made in his new winery, using a mixture of stainless steel, cement and specially crafted French oak botti from the Fontainebleau forest. Viticulture is essentially organic, although chemicals are used if absolutely necessary.

The small number of bottles he makes from the family’s vines in the legendary Vigna Rionda vineyard are some of the most sought-after in the whole region. Recent replanting on the site has only added to the quality, showing its potential.

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Arneis Di Roero

Arneis Di Roero

Roero is a wine appellation in Piedmont in north-west Italy, awarded DOCG status in 2006. It is located few kilometres from the villages famous for Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto – and Asti Spumante.

Roero wines include the red Roero (made from 95-98 percent Nebbiolo grapes with a dash of white Arneis), as well as the white Roero Arneis, and sparkling Roero Arneis Spumante.

Red Roero wines undertake a minimum ageing of 20 months, six of which are in wooden barrels, while Roero Riserva must age for at least 32 months.

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Arneis

Arneis

Arneis means "rascal" in Italian, and is so named for its ability to beguile the most patient winemakers. It is a  delicate white wine grape that originated (and is still primarily grown) in the Roero hills of Italy's southern Piedmont, just north of Alba ; it thrives in the chalky and sandy soil of this region.

Once nearly extinct, Arneis has made a comeback in recent years. The Arneis de Roero wines received DOC status in 1989 and DOCG in 2006 and production is on the rise, as consumers have come to appreciate its its distinctive apricot and tangerine aromas.

It can produce very good wines with perfumy characteristics of apples, pears, and a hint of licorice. The wines, usually sold as Roero Arneis DOCG.

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