Most people think of red wine when they think of Piedmont—Barolo & Barbaresco—but Arneis has been making a serious comeback as of late. A white grape variety indigenous to Piedmont known for its fleshy fruit flavors and richness of texture, it very nearly died out a few decades ago, but today is thriving at the Giovanni Almondo estate, who we think makes the best Arneis in the business.
Yes, the Nebbiolos from Almondo are excellent as well, but their Arneis bottlings transcend the genre, showing classic typicity, but with a structure more akin to a bone-dry Riesling. Planted on sandy, acidic ground at around 400 meters above sea level, the consistent wind, exposure, altitude and acidity of the soil create the vibrant, fresh and bright style of the Almondo Arneis.
We can’t imagine anyone not liking this wine, and boy does it taste good on a late Summer evening. Fleshy stone fruits, bone dry minerality, lots of character and for an amazing price, no less. Piedmont’s white Arneis wines are one of the biggest industry secrets at the moment. The Vigne Sparse tastes like fresh apricots and glides over the palate with an effortless, clean finish.