2014 Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale, Piedmont

2014 Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale, Piedmont

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2014 Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale, Piedmont

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As elsewhere in Europe, the 2014 Piedmont wine vintage was characterised by a wet, cool summer and an Indian summer in September and October. The white wines seemed to have benefited and gave relatively low alcohol, 13% in this case, but with rich character. Pier and Gian Nicola produced a sleek and pure Arneis from their hill of vines above the town of Canale in the heart of the Roero.

Reassuringly pale in colour, the nose is delicately embroidered with spring flowers such as 'biancospina' (hawthorn), lavender and even of lime talc.

Very elegant, the medium bodied palate is suave, silky, gentle with lime-water purity, refreshing citrus crunch, deep-seated (salt of magnesium) minerality, almost Mosel style, plus a hint of sherbet from those sunny autumn days. Unfined so as to retain as much of the original fruit/must character as possible, before a light filtering prior to bottling in April. Delicious with or without food, it's more substantial than Gavi di Gavi, but not as structured as Piedmont's other great white: Timorasso. Drinking 2015 – 2020.
David Berry Green
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Cornarea, Piedmont

Cornarea, Piedmont

The Bovone family herald from Ovada where they were wine merchants until Gian Piero Bovone bought the Cornarea estate back in 1974. Having studied oenology, Gian Piero had figured out that reductive winemaking was the key to successful white winemaking and so invested in the single vineyard of 15 hectares overlooking the small town of Canale. He then had the foresight to replant almost the entire hill to the white Arneis grape, culminating, in 1981, with their first single varietal wine.

Drinking Cornarea's medium bodied Arneis one's struck, not just by the fresh acidity (there's no malolactic conversion) but by its wet stone minerality that stylistically sits somewhere between Chablis and Vermentino. And such is the significant (phenol) extract and old vine fruit that this wine should age beautifully, as a tasting of 1983 clearly showed.

The key to Cornarea's high quality white wine Arneis DOCG (in north-west Piedmont in Italyis the territorio/terroir: 30 million year old Miocene former sea bed soils rich in marine fossils and magnesium. In fact so rich is the soil in magnesium that a couple of doctors from nearby Canale made their fortune selling salt of magnesium, dug up locally, as a remedy during the late 19th century.
  
But Cornarea aren't just about Arneis, for they also have 3 hectares of Nebbiolo; fruit that Gian Piero's son and oenologist, Gian Nicola, transforms into Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC  and Roero DOCG wines - very elegant, feminine styles, laced with silken tannins. A perfect reflection of the flour-like soils and rolling hills.

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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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