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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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Arneis 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


  • Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Arneis Roero Vigna Elisa 2010

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    Really good Italian white. Fresh and crisp, great balance, nice white stone fruit flavor with just a hint of smoke, very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Arneis Monfalletto 2011

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    Wine review by Nickrueter


  • Donna Anita Lanche Arneis 2011

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    Very nice Italian white - roero arneis. Crisp, not overly fruity or citrusy, but a touch on the lighter side with a dab of white clay on the mid palate and fairly long finish. Great alternative to the chards and sauvignon blancs. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bricco Della Ciliegie Roero Arneis 2009

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    A very delicate, complex, and elegant white wine. A clean, tight nose with subtle notes of canned peaches and sharp green apple. It also smells green/herbaceous and fresh...with some very subtle sharper herbaceous notes that are reminiscent of pine or fresh spruce. Light to medium bodied. Mild acid on the palate with subdued fruit and sweet savo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Malvirà Arneis Renesio 2011

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    light straw yellow, intense nose, white flowers, slightly smoky, linear and precise Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino


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