Lot 589 | 2016 Sonoma County
A juicy, mouthwatering introduction to an old Italian favorite!
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Literally meaning “little rascal” in Piemontese, this grape was named for its unpredictable ripening and difficulty to grow. Planted for centuries in Italy’s Piedmont region, Arneis has nowadays become quite fashionable amongst white wine connoisseurs and Italophiles alike. On this side of the pond, Arneis is primarily grown in Sonoma and the Willamette Valley. Lot 589 is an absolutely mouthwatering introduction to this delicious Italian grape.
Sourced from a winery in Carneros that almost exclusively produces small-batch releases, this wine was whole cluster pressed and fermented at low temperature in 100% stainless to maintain aromatic qualities and brightness of fruit. With over six months in bottle, this wine has come together beautifully, delivering a seamless transition from nose to palate.
California Arneis, tasty sipper.
I was able to taste this along side an Italian Arneis. Moderately different. I liked both. This wine has some n ice gentle fruit flavors. Seems ideal as a su mmer time sip.
Not your Piedmont Classic Arneis
Obviously more rip than the classic Arneis from Piedmont, lending wholesome flavors of pear and peach.
Hint of green apple
Crisp white wine with lingering taste of green apples. Great wine for sipping on a warm day. Will definitely buy more if it’s available.
A softer sav blanc
Lovely sipping wine. Bolder than a pinot grigio, softer than a sav blanc. As another reviewer mentioned, it works at room temperature as well as chilled. (In fact, I liked it better that way.
Great for warm weather
This is a great refreshing pour on a hot evening, Will keep drinking!
Try if you are looking for something new!
As a lover of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc I was not familiar with this grape. From the description, I assumed it would fall somewhere between those two. The wine did not disappoint. As others have pointed out in their reviews, this is a great spring sipping wine, with or without food. I take a glass with me to our neighborhood social distancing get-togethers in the evening .
Perfect for hors d'oeuvres
Nice and light, perfect with light hors d'oeuvres like cheese, crackers, apples, in our case. Crisp and dry, similar to a sav blanc, but lighter.
Great for spring and summer, when you're snacking and drinking as you grill up dinner.
Unique Italian varietal from CA!
Fun and inexpensive. Not mind-blowingly complex - but very aromatic and pretty little white! A few years old at this point, so should drink pretty soon - I'll probably grab some more for summer before its gone.
Honeysuckle nose but not in taste. Starts with citrus and follows up dry. I enjoyed this wine with cracked black pepper crackers. The slight spice definitely enhances this wine.
Aroma is a mix of floral and citrus, but there's also a hint of fermentation character which detracts a bit. The flavor is more minerally than the nose, but soft upfront with a bit of acid in the finish. If you like sav blanc, I'd give it a try as it's a softer version of that type of wine, but for me, I find that I don't love the balance and would probably take a pass here. Decent, but I won't get more.