Paitin 2019 Roero Arneis 'Elisa'
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Arneis is a native Piedmontese variety which flourishes in the sandy soils and steep slopes of Roero, a DOC the other side of the River Tanaro from Barbaresco. This variety nearly went into extinction until it was saved by the legendary winemaker Bruno Giacosa. The grapes from this vineyard were planted in 1980, and unlike most other Arneis that we have tried over the years, this is quite a serious style of wine. Farmed by the Pasquero-Elia family, whose viticultural origins date back to the 18th Century, the grapes are macerated on skins for a few days and the resulting wine is left on its fine lees for 6 months. The wine has a richness of body and texture like no other from this variety. Notes of bitter orange, with a salty, mineral tang, building up on the palate with floral notes of honeysuckle. We would describe this an an aromatic white, but there's more to it than that. Quite simply the best Arneis we have yet tried.