2010 Ceretto "Blangè" Arneis Langhe

SKU #1087825 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Fresh scents of apple blossom honey and beeswax add to the almond richness of this arneis. Itís as smooth as a round riverstone, clean and fragrant. The finish is distinctly Piedmontese in its earthiness; to match braised chicken or a rich fish stew.  (12/ 2011)

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Forget for a moment that Piedmont is the home of one of the world's most noble grapes, Nebbiolo, and imagine a warm summer's day, sitting under magnificent trees and eating simple egg pappardelle with sage and butter. You don't really want a heavy red wine with your meal, you want something white and clean, so as not to bury the simple deliciousness of it. Enter Piedmont's white wine--Arneis--and this version from one of its most respected producers, Ceretto. Fruit-filled, with notes of pear and apple that would perfectly complement the sage in your pasta, it's made in a vivace style, with just a slight spritz that leaves it dancing on your palate, whisking away the buttery richness.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/6/2012  | Send Email
The 2010 Ceretto "Blange" is a lovely expression of the Arneis grape. It shows much of the inherent peach blossom and melon one would expect, but an unexpected, zesty and lovely pétillant quality as well. Nice palate weight for such a light, elegant white. Reminds me of the higher end Vinho Verde we carry in the 20 to 25 dollar range. Excellent wine to sip on while the coals get just right, or to have with a light salad or finger foods. Highly recommended. CM

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/6/2012  | Send Email
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Summer is here and there is no better wine to quench your afternoon thirst then this scintillating Piemontese white! Ceretto bottles this wine with a bit of CO2 so there is just a tiny sparkle, the Italians call it Vivace, that freshens, lengthens and refreshes your palate. This is the perfect opening white for any evening or afternoon Garden Party! Light, fresh 12% alcohol and enticing aromatics. Perfect for vegetable or seafood pasta, roast chicken or just as an aperitif! You'll love it.
Drink from 2012 to 2013

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Other White Wines

Country:

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.