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Langhe-Doc-Arneis-Maria-LetiziaArneis is among the most underrated of white grapes. As the white wine that hails from the Piemonte regions that give us Barolo and Barbaresco, it is over shadowed by its celebrated red companion. But Arneis is capable of a range of expressions from dry and crisp to plump and juicy with distinctive aromas and satisfying aromatic intensity. This wine from the Mainerdo family—now in its third generation on the family’s farm—is pleasingly plump and richly evocative.

The aromas permeate the air space with ripe pear, hazelnut and a gorgeous floral/vanilla/honey scent.

it’s rich and round in the mouth, off dry, with persistent fruit power that glides into the upper register acquiring a tart mineral layer, regal in its pace and anchored firmly by the lush life of the soft, round midsection. The finish lingers, the fruit nestled in the folds of  enveloping acid lime, shifting and sighing but telling no secret.

Full bodied but not heavy, this is no nervous Nellie although there are some rhythmic pulses on the back end. From its elegance and poise a hypnotic dreaminess rises like a mirage, a match for some richly evocative ambient sounds from Ulrich Schnauss and a coconut infused cod stew.

Technical Notes: Aged on the lees in Tonneaux for about 6 months.

Score: 92

Price: $24 (Purchase Here)

Alc: 13.5%