Hey gang,

I have yet to try one of these that I can recall. Rather than just read about it, which is easy enough to do, I’d appreciate some impressions by forum regulars who have experience with this wine. Favorite producers, foods to pair with, flavor descriptors, etc. Thanks!

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You won’t regret these wines. They are very aromatic and rather dry but not complex. In recent years, they have become more  complex. Bruno Giacosa or Vietti make good examples of the varietal imho.

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In a field of outstanding white wines, the 2016 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis was my white wine of the night at a recent offline.  Crisp, fresh, dry, precise, with notes of fresh white flowers (I remember chamomile and/or lemon blossom), quince, dragon fruit.  Pair with any dish, especially Italian, that calls for a dry white wine.

I’m also a fan of the Giacosa Roero Arneis. OTW introduced me to it a number of years ago and I try to buy a 6-pack every vintage. 

Binny’s near work had the Vietti so I picked one up. If I like it I’ll seek out the Giacosa. Thanks everyone!

Bill, IIRC some of the TO crew have said in the past that the Vietti is OK but pales in comparison to the Giacosa. If you can find some Giacosa I'd highly recommend it. This thread prompted me to open a 2016 last night and it was excellent.

The other LWS I frequent (and prefer to Binnys) shows being out of the Giacosa. Keeping my eyes open, though. I’m sure I’ll run across it soon enough. Thanks!

Fortunately you have a considerably wider selection of Arneis producers than we have in Canada.  There is a considerable range in these wines and you might find that it is useful to experiment a bit to find out which style you like best.  The range takes you from floral to nutty to spicy to fruity dimensions.  Some of the ones that come to mind as examples are...

  • Bruno Giacosa is decidedly my favourite with its complexity and breadth of flavours which makes it interesting to drink on its own but also a great companion to many foods.
  • Angelo Negro makes Arneis that has autolytic character that makes you think of fresh baked bread and bruised apple.  It's also about half the price of Giacosa.
  • San Silvestro's Artneis is acidic, loaded with tropical fruit with some baking spices.
  • Giovanni Almondo's Arneis has a distinct pear flavour with hazelnut undercurrents.

My point here is simply to say that there is great diversity in this wine and it is worth exploring.  Definitely have the Giacosa because they set the standard but also try any others you run across.  The good news is that the prices are very friendly to your pocketbook.  Enjoy!

 

Thanks OTW. Sounds like I really need to find the Giacosa! I’m planning on making a creamy lemon parm chicken with angel hair tonight and will open the Vietti with it. 

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billhike posted:

Thanks OTW. Sounds like I really need to find the Giacosa! I’m planning on making a creamy lemon parm chicken with angel hair tonight and will open the Vietti with it. 

Sounds like a great dish

sunnylea57 posted:

Bill, IIRC some of the TO crew have said in the past that the Vietti is OK but pales in comparison to the Giacosa. If you can find some Giacosa I'd highly recommend it. This thread prompted me to open a 2016 last night and it was excellent.

Agree re: Vietti pales in comparison to Giacosa.  Also, there are other lower cost Arneis than Vietti that deliver better quality for the money, e.g. Cordero di Montezemolo. 

 

Went to a smaller LWS today to see if they might have the Giacosa. They didn’t. They had some from Pio Cesare, but the vintage was 2013 so I passed. The Vietti was interesting and a nice enough wine. A litter better with food than without, but it grew on me as the evening went on. 

I will echo everyone and say I think Bruno Giacosa makes the best.  I've had several vintages -- always enjoy it.  Vietti and Brovia also make nice examples.  

They tend to be lighter bodied and pair well with light white meat fish and seafood as well as mushrooms and fresh, mild, cheeses.  Fruit profile can be melon-y or apple/pear-y, often with some bruised yellow, oily fruit thrown in.  Generally a fair amount of minerality.

Yes, Brovia makes a good one.  Forgot about that one on earlier reply.  At the end of the day, the message is there's lots to try and sample in this category.  They range from the cheap but VERY cheerful San Silvestro ($17 at KGBO IRRC) to Giacosa, which seems to top the price list.  There is good variety in style, weight from one to another, so Arneis can stay interesting even if not the most profound white.  Again - GREAT for summer.   

On the last couple of trips to Piedmont, I've gotten into the habit of having Arneis with lunch most days and keep some on hand at the apartment for breaks.  It makes a nice break from all the Nebbiolo in morning and afternoon visits, and we get to sample some Arneis we might not find at home.

 

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vincentric posted:

They range from the cheap but VERY cheerful San Silvestro ($17 at KGBO IRRC) to Giacosa, which seems to top the price list.  

Billhike, while Giacosa may be at the high end of the price spectrum for Arneis as vincentric says, it's still not expensive. If you shop around online you can usually find it for roughly $20 USD. I bought a case each of the 2015, 16 and 17 and the prices ranged from $15.66 to $19.99.

sunnylea57 posted:
vincentric posted:

They range from the cheap but VERY cheerful San Silvestro ($17 at KGBO IRRC) to Giacosa, which seems to top the price list.  

Billhike, while Giacosa may be at the high end of the price spectrum for Arneis as vincentric says, it's still not expensive. If you shop around online you can usually find it for roughly $20 USD. I bought a case each of the 2015, 16 and 17 and the prices ranged from $15.66 to $19.99.

Usually on restaurant wine lists from $50-65 depending on how high a mark-up they have down here.

sunnylea57 posted:
vincentric posted:

They range from the cheap but VERY cheerful San Silvestro ($17 at KGBO IRRC) to Giacosa, which seems to top the price list.  

Billhike, while Giacosa may be at the high end of the price spectrum for Arneis as vincentric says, it's still not expensive. If you shop around online you can usually find it for roughly $20 USD. I bought a case each of the 2015, 16 and 17 and the prices ranged from $15.66 to $19.99.

Certainly in the inexpensive range. I’m surprised that the shops I frequent don’t carry it, but I’m confident I’ll stumble across it soon.

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