2012 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
 
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4.03 stars out of 5!
Member Reviews:

2009 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
This is stunning wine. Citrus, tropical fruit, minerality, nose - this has it all. I just wish I had bought more. And I thought Italians only made great red wine.
-- Jim from Santa Barbara, CA

2009 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
Untouchable white wine. Light, dry, crisp small amount of fruit. Excellent!
-- John from Gladwyne, PA

2010 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero

What a delight drinking this incredible white wine, hard to describe the intense minerality. This wine will never last in your household because it is so easy to drink in so many situations.
-- James from Falls Church, VA

2011 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
We loved it. I am furious that I only bought 2 bottles. Simply fantastic. Of the 30+ wines I have bought from wine access, this was my favorite white at any price.
-- Ken from Berkeley, CA

After WineAccess, Babbo and Marea Come First

We first met Domenico Almondo in 2007, on the sandy hillsides of Roero. The maker of the most ethereal white wine in Piemonte was -- as always -- charming. Sporting a persistent smile and the region's finest tractor tan, Almondo spent four hours with us, most of them in the vines of Bricco delle Ciliegie.

Then, spontaneously, Domenico invited us to dinner. When the olive oil was drizzled over the hand-made tortelloni, the Reggiano grated, the garden herbs sprinkled, and that first gloriously crisp, floral bottle of Arneis popped, we figured we'd already cracked the toughest nut in Roero. We figured wrong.

It would take four more years and an equal number of visits to finally squeeze out just 1500 bottles of Almondo's extraordinary single-vineyard Arneis -- a mouthwatering blend of citrus zest, laced with anise, braced by luscious wet-stone minerality. In one of WineAccess's proudest moments, we found ourselves just behind Manhattan's finest Italianate tables -- Babbo, Del Posto and Marea -- on the Bricco delle Ciliegie pecking order.

Those first hundred cases of the 2009 Ciliegie disappeared in a flash. The same would be true of the 2010 and 2011, as Parker and Tanzer jumped on the bandwagon, spiking demand from NYC to Milano. The ratings that streamed in from buyers would be the highest of any $20 white wine in the history of WineAccess.

583 buyers rated the 2009, 2010, and 2011, recording an aggregate score of 4.03 stars out of five. Even more impressive would be the consistency of those ratings (see the histogram below). 78% of the members came in at four stars or more, with a whopping 183 registering a perfect 5. None of this was lost on us last night while dining at Left Bank on the corner of Greenwich and Perry.

Last evening's Slow Wine tasting in Tribeca reminded us why we stopped attending mass tastings in the mid-1990s. The Italian producers -- including the likes of Pieropan, Elvio Cogno, Isole e Olena, Fontodi and Corzano e Paterno -- were all but overrun by the consumer stampede. The stemware was too small. The room was too warm, as were most of the red wines. By 8:30pm, Stefano Almondo, Domenico's son, was worn out. We saw an opening … and pounced.

If you haven't eaten at Left Bank, it's worth a visit. The place was bustling. First we teased Stefano with Mongolian dumplings and a glass of Prosecco. Then we shifted gears, piling on pappardelle -- paired with Almondo Arneis. After Stefano polished off the roasted chicken, washed down with a fabulous bottle of 2009 Isole e Olena Cepparello, the kid was feeling no pain. He never had a chance.

Domenico Almondo believes the 2012 Bricco delle Ciliegie Arneis is the finest since the superb 2008. Pale, brightest yellow in color, with lush, vibrant aromas of lime zest and licorice, the 2012 is unusually rich and dense, while still harboring the superb, high-toned crispness that makes this Piemonte's most prized vini bianci.

Thanks to Left Bank for keeping the plates coming. Also to Slow Wine for setting Stefano Almondo up for the fall. This year, WineAccess comes FIRST. Before Marea. Before Babbo. Before Del Posto. Go figure.


Tasting Notes

2012 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
"Pale, bright yellow with lush, vibrant aromas of lime zest and licorice, the 2012 is strikingly rich and plush, while still harboring the superb, high-toned crispness that makes this Piemonte's most prized vini bianci. Delicious right out of the gate, Ciliegie always benefits from 2-3 years in a cool cellar -- never more so than with this landmark 2012."
-- WineAccess Travel Log


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