Arneis Piedmont Italy
The idyllic hillsides of Langhe are the most felicitous winegrowing climes in Piedmont, amongst the finest viticultural precincts in all Italy, it has been this way for millennia. Alfred Prunotto established a peerless reputation for quality by isolating and retaining the most exquisite sites, his heirloom vineyards continue to outperform. Harvests of Arneis from splendid sites in the communes of Monteu Roero and Montaldo Roero, Monta and Vezza d'Alba, are assembled into an immaculate wine of refined structure, comely bouquet and pristine, engagingly flavourful palate.
Fruit is harvested at healthy levels of complete ripeness, brimming with a fine concentration of esters and ideal acidity. Bunches are picked into small packing cases and delivered to the winery, softly pressed and cold settled at cool temperatures to separate juice form gross solids. The musts are vinified at moderate temperatures around 18°C over the course of a fortnight, followed by several months maturation.
Straw yellow, greenish hues. Intense floral and fruity aromas, almond and white pommes characters over a background of fine mineral crispness. A lengthy, well structured palate of drying fruit flavours, its astringency kept in check by apple and kernel notes, all supported by balanced acidity and culminating in a long, crystalline, savoury finish.