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A Spectacular Italian White From Bruno Giacosa

We wish we could offer this Italian gem throughout the year but unfortunately limited quantities are made and it is usually sold out within days of arriving in the United States. It is one of our favorite Italian whites for its food pairing versatility and elegance. Robert Parker even raves about the wine calling it his “favorite white wine of Piedmont.” While the 2006 vintage has not yet been rated, we believe it is as excellent if not better than the 2005 vintage which received 93 points from Mr. Parker – this after coming off back to back 90 point vintages.

Arneis, a white grape varietal from Piedmont, is a temperamental grape. Arneis literally means hard or stubborn and hence the grape was given this name due to its delicate skin and unpredictable nature. But when the conditions are right and a producer – like Giacosa – handles the vinification properly, look out!

Unoaked, this wine has a natural creamy weight and texture about it that rivals many white Burgundies. The acidity is crisp and refreshing, and despite being stainless steel fermented, the wine has depth and character that makes it stand out as one of our favorite spring and summer wines. But, don’t over chill this small treasure as you will “chill out” the subtle nuances and refreshing acidity. Let it sit for approximately 10 – 15 minutes before serving so the right flavor profiles can express themselves.

A quick note on Bruno Giacosa: if you are not familiar with his name or his wines, he is one of the best wine makers in all of Italy.

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