2010 Cascina Val del Prete "Luet" Arneis Roero

SKU #1113451 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Roero Arneis Luet is made in a rich, creamy style that brings out the grape’s richness and texture. This is one of the fatter, bigger versions of Arneis readers will come across. It is an excellent wine, but not one with a lot of varietal character. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Arneis is the historical grape from the Roero district. It is typically pleasing on the palate with slightly lower acidity than typical Italian whites. This wine from the Luèt ("small wolf" in the Piedmontese dialect) vineyard is fermented 40% in French oak and 60% in stainless steel. It spends 4 months in stainless steel tanks. Straw yellow color with greenish hues introduce a floral nose with tropical fruit. A long and soft finish characterize the wine. A rare breed of Arneis, this complex and extremely rich white has enough acidity to keep everything in check.

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