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

2009 Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
This is a 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

2010 Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
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

2010 Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
A perfect warm-weather wine to drink on its own or pair with a multitude of seasonal dishes. I've already ordered more!
-- Christopher from Alameda, CA

2011 Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
What a delightful wine - pure pleasure. Perfect for Spring and Summer. Wish I had bought a case.
-- Russell from Charlottesville, VA

Honeysuckle and Citronelle on Central Park South

It's Piemonte's most coveted white. The best versions are wonderfully crisp and refreshing, infused with citronelle, honeysuckle and a hint of almond -- the perfect match for gnocchi, fresh-pressed olive oil and aged Reggiano. Bruno Giacosa makes a good one. As do Vietti and Matteo Correggia. But ask any of Barolo's brightest stars and each will tell you the same thing. Not a single Arneis holds a candle to Domenico Almondo's Bricco delle Ciliegie.

We first met Domenico in 2007, on the sandy hillsides of Roero. The maker of the most ethereal white wine of the region sported a dark tractor tan. He spent two hours with us, most of it walking the rows of Ciliegie. Then, with typical Piemontese spontaneity, Domenico invited us to dinner.

When the olive oil was drizzled over the hand-made tortelloni, and the first exquisite bottle of Ciliegie uncorked, we were elated, figuring we'd quickly cracked the toughest nut in Roero. As it turned out, we were way off base. As much as Domenico's invitation was heartfelt, it was also an apology. Every bottle of Arneis was already spoken for.

Finally, in late 2008, we caught a break. As the wheels fell off Wall Street, one of Almondo's American importers bit the dust. That afternoon, over lunch, we pounced, squeezing out a hundred cases of Ciliegie for WineAccess. After Manhattan's hottest spots -- the likes of Babbo, Del Posto and Marea -- Domenico explained, WineAccess now came first!

For those of you who jumped on our Ciliegie bandwagon, you know what came next. As both Parker and Tanzer raved, 640 buyers posted lavish ratings and reviews, lighting up the WineAccess scoreboard as no Italian white wine ever has. Buyers rated four vintages of Bricco delle Ciliegie an average of 4.01 stars out of 5. Even more impressive would be the consistency of those ratings (see the histogram above). 31% came in at four stars or more, with a whopping 196 registering a perfect 5.

Domenico Almondo believes the 2012 Bricco delle Ciliegie Arneis to be his finest since the superb 2008. Pale straw-green in color, with lush, vibrant aromas of lime zest and licorice, the 2012 is unusually rich and weighty -- though still infused with the mouthwatering, high-toned crispness that makes this our vini bianchi of choice at Central Park South.

If you live in the city, do as we have several times over the last couple of months. Hop the subway to Columbus Circle, then take the short walk over to Marea. Grab a seat at the bar. Tables are hard to come by these days. If the market was good to you that day, start off with a bit of caviar. Bricco delle Ciliegie LOVES caviar. Then, order the goat cheese ravioli, followed by the cuttlefish. The bar service is terrific at Marea, so the whole meal won't take more than an hour. $150 later, you'll feel like a million bucks.

Alternatively, this morning, we'll let you off cheap. Save the subway fare. Hold the ravioli and the cuttlefish. Stay home and stick to the basics -- the gnocchi, the olio and the Reggiano.

Tasting Notes

2012 Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Roero
"Glistening straw-green to the rim. Juicy aromas of citronelle and honey, a splash of lime, a hint of anise. Unusually weighty in 2012, with excellent depth and density, the core remains light on the palate, the finish crisp, high-toned and wonderfully vibrant. Drink now-2015."
-- WineAccess Travel Log


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