2009 Vietti Arneis

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With the exception of sparkling Moscato, Piedmonte is not known for its white wines. But when the sun beats down on these northern hills and the temperatures swell above 80 you can be sure the locals are not reaching for a glass of Barolo to cool them off. And Barbera doesn't exactly do the trick, either. Arneis, on the other hand, is exactly what you'd want on a warm evening, as an aperitif before a big dinner or as an accompaniment to appetizers of smoked fish or asparagus crostini. Nearly translucent in color, Vietti's Arneis is medium bodied with dry but rich flavors of peach, pear and green apple. Meant to drink young with a certain degree of abandon. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Arneis is a pretty, fresh white laced with apples, pears, flowers and mint. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2011. Vietti is one of my favorite producers in Italy." (08/10)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2011  | Send Email
This wine is freakin' great. It smells like a cool autumn day and is bright and clean on the palate. It is way too easy to drink!

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/25/2010  | Send Email
I first tasted this wine in 1998, when I was just starting to really get into Italian wine. It must have been the 1996 vintage. I developed a crush on it then, and fell head over heels in love with it the following year when I had the 1997 vintage at the winery. The 2009 has just arrived and my love affair is solidified for another vintage. This is Arneis at it's best. I describe it as "slightly underripe pear slices "drizzled" with orange blossoms, acacia and jasmine petals, and just a touch of thai basil". Low acid but far from flabby. Just a pretty, pretty wine. I'm told "Arneis" in the Piemontese dialect means "rascal" or "rascally". Apparently this is because the vine has very small, lacy leaves which, while pretty, generate barely enough photosynthetic power to ripen the grapes and is therefore a "rascal" to grow. But I'm also told it's a term of affection, which I like better. So grab your little rascal and enjoy as an aperitif or with some light fare. Last but not least, and not that it matters (or maybe it does), it has one of the coolest labels in the history of wine. Enjoy!! CM

 By: Rachel Brass |  Review Date: 3/15/2011 
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 By: Marc Mirenzi |  Review Date: 12/7/2010 
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This is a nice middle of the road Italian white. Plenty of fruit, but has other more floral/slightly earthy qualities that give it it's own, distinct flavor. Really an easy drinking bottle of wine, it could be paired with just about anything foodwise, or simply enjoyed all on it's own. Nice medium bodied texture, and satisfying finish. Might not be *as* conducive to cold weather consumption as say Spring or Summer, but as far as I'm concerned, I could enjoy it equally no matter when it was sat down in front of me.

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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.