Arneis DOCG U R Nice 2021 – Cantina Taliano
Arneis Roero is a traditional white wine from the Roero area in Piemonte, Italy. This wine showcases a diverse range of aromas, including notes of citrus and banana, as well as delicate white flowers like Acacia and white peach. On the palate, it is characterised by its crispness and cleanliness, offering a refreshing and enjoyable drinking experience. It pairs well with a variety of dishes from shellfish, grilled fish, and seafood pasta to fresh cheeses or it can be enjoyed on its own as a refreshing aperitif.
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Their small business is a family-run farm that was born in Montà d’Alba in 1928, a small town on the outskirts of the Roero thanks to a family that for generations has handed down its lands and traditions of winemakers from father to son.
The oldest vineyards of the company have been owned by their family since before 1600, while the first documentation of winemaking dates back to 1928.
Their vineyards extend for about 3.4 hectares, consisting of two small vineyards (Prasanin and Bertin) and a large vineyard (Valvun) of 2.3 hectares. Cultivated in counter espalier with pruning, harvesting and other manual operations, they find among the rows the three noblest vines that have made Piedmont wines famous in the world: Barbera, Arneis and the Nebbiolo.
The recently built cellar has a capacity of 780HL, with an average annual production of about 30,000 bottles, and benefits from the latest technologies.
The oenologist, Cristian Taliano, owner of the company, takes care of every single detail of the production process also with the help of the family.
Grown throughout the Langhe, the grape’s spiritual home is Roero. Locals used to call the grape “white Nebbiolo”.
Almost extinct by the 1960s, Arneis is difficult to cultivate and ferment. It has a bad reputation amongst farmers for being low yielding and susceptible to powdery mildew. It’s not surprising that the word Arneis, in the local dialect means “little rascal”.
It was either vinified sweet, enjoyed as table grapes, or if amounts were insignificant, it was presumably added to red wine production.
Langhe Arneis must be a minimum of 85% Arneis. Roero Arneis has to be at least 95%, though most producers use 100%.