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2012 Vietti Roero Arneis

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(fermented very cool and kept on its lees until June):  Bright green-tinged yellow.  Lively aromas of sour apple, peach, minerals, flowers, spices and chlorophyll.  Dry and rich on the palate, with noteworthy old-viney fat that's leavened by a bracing lemony quality.  Conveys a strong glyceral impression of dry extract and finishes with lovely length.  A superb vintage for this bottling.  Luca says 2012 is a brilliant vintage for white wines:  "minerally, fresh and floral, with strong acidity."  Luca's father Alfredo practically invented dry arneis in 1967 and was responsible for rescuing the variety from extinction; previously arneis had been vinified sweet.  Another name for the variety is "white nebbiolo," noted Currado, suggesting that arneis could have been an early mutation of the red variety.

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