2017 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, Piedmont

Merchant's Pick

THE RECENT PICK

2017 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, Piedmont

Piedmont's Perfect White!
"This is very beautiful." James Suckling

Fifteen Years And Counting!

Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant, this is the first white I look for on a wine list. Even at home, I always have a few bottles chilled as part of my white wine repertoire.

"The brilliant Bruno Giacosa fashions the finest Arneis...this is my favorite white wine of Piedmont." Robert Parker

I was first introduced to Giacosa's Arneis fifteen years ago and have been a fan ever since! The 2017 is particularly stunning with pear, lemon, apple and subtle tropical citrus flavors. With beautiful weight and a natural, creamy texture, the crisp acidity makes it an ideal food pairing wine.

"This is what Arneis should be...a benchmark for Arneis...a go-to Italian white." James Suckling

Arneis, a white grape from Piedmont, translates to "difficult or stubborn" and was given this name due to its delicate skin and unpredictable nature. But, when the conditions are right and a producer like Giacosa handles the vinification properly, look out!

Don't over chill this little treasure as you'll "chill out" the subtle nuances. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving so the refreshing acidity and true flavors can express themselves.

Enjoy with seafood, chicken, or a simple yet classic pasta dish such as fresh angel hair tossed in garlic and olive oil.

By David Gettenberg

$27.95 per bottle / $335.40 per case

Summary


JAMES SUCKLING

94 / 100

"This is very beautiful. Lime-skin, light-pear and lemon aromas and mineral undertones. Full-bodied, dense and very intense with layers of fruit and flavor. Extremely long finish. Fantastic density and richness, yet always crisp and lively. Drink now."

THE WINE ADVOCATE

91 / 100

"From a hot vintage, the 2017 Roero Arneis is a rich and pulpy white wine with bright fruit definition. The bouquet delivers tropical fruit, papaya and apricot. The mouthfeel is rich with thick fruit flavors. This vintage shows superior structure. But an expert winemaking hand is clearly at play, because that sunny ripeness falls short of tasting jammy or too heavy. Bruna Giacosa tells me that because of reduced yields, it proved challenging to source enough fruit to make this wine. Drink this fruit-forward white wine within the next few years."


Product Details


Producer: Bruno Giacosa

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmont

Sub Region: Others

Varietal: Arneis

Vintage: 2017

Size: 750ml

Code: W00268-2-1-1