Arneis

Common synonyms: Bianchetta, Bianchetta d'Alba, Bianchetta di Alba, Bianchetto, Bianchetto Albese, Bianchetto di Alba, Bianchetto di Verzuolo, Barolo Bianco, and Nebbiollo Bianco.

Parentage of the grape: Unknown. Planted for centuries in Piedmont.

History of the grape: The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting white grape in Piedmont, but for a long time, little white wine was actually made from it. Instead, it was traditionally used to soften the tannins of the red Nebbiolo (perhaps the real reason it’s nicknamed “Barolo Bianco”) or, worse, to keep the attention of vineyard pests such as birds away from the more profitable red grapes. It began to gain recognition in the 1980's when young, innovative winemakers began to explore its potentially. 

Unfortunately, the grape is traditionally considered to need to be drunk young, within 2-3 year, but new winemaking techniques Read more »

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  • Palmina Arneis Santa Ynez Valley Honea Vineyard 2007

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    The nose is a bit feisty; it's a roasted, vaguely candied smell, the exhaust from a roasted nut vendor on a winter's night. Thick and toasty and strange in the mouth: dried flowers, almonds, shriveled apricots. I feel like I shouldn't love you, but I do. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Palmina Arneis Santa Ynez Valley Honea Vineyard 2007

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    Deep burnt apple pie and spice nose with a vegetal character. Smooth mouthfeel, yet thick, honeyed tones, flowers (maybe honeysuckle on the finish), and toast flavors throughout. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Arneis Roero Vigna Elisa 2006

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    This poured from the bottle very purple, giving me some pause as to what was to follow. And my first sip or two after decanting was a bit dusty, but given hand an hour or so in the air and each sip got better and better. This is a good wine, that begins very much with a prune flavor, and follows with lilac and mild herbs, finishing with a very... Read More

    Wine review by AdamJefferson


  • Last evening I was in Rome, at Città del Gusto to attend at the presentation of the guide whose original title is "berebene low cost 2010". In other words a guide to more than four thousands wine whose price on the shelf is less than 8 euro.Among this thousands wine there are 678 of them which received the "oscar" to mean that they have the best... Read More

    Forum post in the topic to sip Italian wines in a...


  • Hetszolo Tokaj Furmint Dry 2006

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    Think I got some unusual mirabelle (sweet yellow plum) character in nose & ... ... ... to Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis for a food-friendly ( I cook an herby-spicy Caribbean veggie scramble variation) balanced, perfumed whit Read More

    Wine review by zenSolo


  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Arneis Russian River Valley 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by LizzieOC


  • Palmina Arneis Santa Ynez Valley Honea Vineyard 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by totoro2


  • Ponzi Vineyards Arneis Willamette Valley 2007

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    This is a multipurpose white wine, one that has Northern Italian origins, but is a big improvement over most Pinot Gris. It mates with most vegetarian foods. It has a long, luscious midpalate, with lime and peach overtones. It improves as it gets less cold and, though quite dry, gives an impression of sweetness. A nice, nice wine, if it can ... Read More

    Wine review by easterner1


  • In last week's email, I began to tell a story of sorts. I had originally ... ... ... with everything from Arneis to superb Barolo but beyond that Rocche Del Costamagna offers visitors access to a virtual museum of food and wine information in their library.  The history of the region is laid out in print, antique bottles, and ephemera that ma... Read More

    From the article Wine Touring in Piemonte: Winery Visits Part 1


  • Ceretto Arneis Lange Blange 2008

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    Wow! 50.00 in the states, Can't give it away here (Piemonte) Read More

    Wine review by Robert Alexander


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