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. 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. Finally in the 70s and 80s, great producers such as Ceretto began to make white wines worthy of this fine variety in significant quantity.

Characteristics of the grape: grapefruit, sour apple, white flower; medium acidity. Can be quite substantial in body.

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  • Langhe Doc

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  • Piedmont

      The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Al...

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  • Vietti Arneis Roero 2012

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    Lightest wine I have had in a while. Did not have the slight effervescence on ... ... on the tongue like other Arneis wines I have had, although I am not certain that the bottle had not been opened the night before. The palate had notes of grapefruit and a medium toasty finish. Wish it were more comple Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Donna Anita Arneis Italy Piedmont Roero Arneis 2012

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    Fantastic value. I have come to like the Arneis and it went really well with Thai food tonight. Has a nose of grapefruit, lemon, and ripe melons. Palate of grapefruit, ripe mangoes, honeydew melons, and lemon. Has a mild effervescence and crisp acidity that adds to the refreshing nature of this wine. Fantastic everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • OK, Bocron, check this out.  Here we are going to have a discussion ... ... relatively recently I had an Arneis that I described has having a lemony tartness.  I also had a Vernaccia that I described as having some tartness and, also, minerality.  A Gavi that I described as having a citrus tartness (that's pretty close).  Overall, if I were to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL.  Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • I’ve been on a bit of a get out of your comfort zone kick as of late, and ... planted from the indigenous Arneis and Cortese, to Chardonnay, Riesling and somewhat surprisingly Sauvignon Blanc, which seems to be quite popular with a broad range of producers. Fortunately for us there is also Nascetta, though the spelling seems yet to be agreed up... Read More

    From the article Unsung Heros - Italian Whites


  • Arneis Langhe DOC 2012

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    Pears and apricot greet the nose in a fruity but cool style with some spicy pollen accents. On entry this is dry, clean and firm with a touch of attractive astringency to the very clear white stone fruit flavors. Theres a nice mineral note contrasting the subtly sweet fruit on the rather long, bitter apple skin flavored finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Moretti Roero Arneis Occhetti 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Palmina Arneis Santa Ynez Valley 2011

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    Fermented in SS and neutral oak then blendedFloral, mineral and spicy on the nose with balsamic notes that are a bit peppery and dominating, out of place even though this does smell rather seaside-like. Bright, fresh and precision on entry then turning a bit rounder on the mid-palate with modest mineral tinged apple and white fruit flavors that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Chicco Roero Arneis Anterisio 2010

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    Pale straw color. Very fruity nose--apples and melons. Light and refreshing on the palate. Can still get the apple thing, although there is also some tart lemony acidity also happening. Good summer wine. $21.99 at the Wine Club in Santa Ana. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Viansa Winery Santerra White Table Wine 2009

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    pear, vanilla, rose petals...on the nose...full bodied with a slightly sweet, crisp finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


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