I hope this post finds you all well. Despite my beloved Saints giving one away in dramatic fashion, last week was an exciting week. I was able to taste a number of new wines from producers whom I had previously been unfamiliar. One of those wines was the Montaribaldi Arneis. Arneis is both the name of the grape varietal and the region. Montaribaldi is a winery located in the heart of Barbaresco and was founded in 1968. A dedicated proponent of traditional Piedmontese wine, winemaker Luciano Taliano works almost exclusively with indigenous grape varietals.
Arneisis one of my favorite, little known, Italian white grape varietals. If you like Pinot Grigio and other light, crisp white wines then this is a grape varietal that you need to get to know. Arneis literally translates into “Little Rascal” because it can be difficult to grow. Montaribaldi grows theirs on fine, calcareous soils that are perfectly suited to the grape. The wine is aged in stainless still tanks but ages on the lees which provides a lovely balance of richness to the grape’s natural crispness.
MySomm Tasting Notes: “I love this wine’s fresh, floral, citrus nose. Citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon zest are accompanied by gorgeous floral notes like white flowers, lavender, and honeysuckle to create a lovely harmony. The wine is light bodied, crisp, and fresh and has a Chablis-esque quality to it. Flavors of quince and juicy pear are joined with a fine chalky minerality that meld together to produce a long, refreshing finish highlighted by a piercing acidity. Great as an aperitif, this wine would also be a lovely accompaniment to various goat cheese dishes. This is a wine meant to be enjoyed now.”
MySomm Price: $16.52 Delivered
*Delivery Available This Friday*
I was really impressed when I tasted this wine. It possesses a truly lovely purity that makes it one of the best Arneis that I’ve ever tasted. I highly encourage you to give this one a try, I think it will become a new favorite.