A new wine for Ponzi and Oregon—this is the first commercial Arneis out of the state, and it’s quite good (and smartly packaged in a thin clear bottle). Opens with crisp white peach and nectarine flavors, and a strong hint of buttery toast from some barrel aging. Almondy, creamy and elegant, with honey notes throughout.
The Ponzi family planted five acres of this unusual Piedmontese white wine grape back in 1990; they have had wonderful success with it ever since. There is a clear almond note—very Italian—under the fruit flavors of pineapple, peach and pear. As it winds into the finish, it adds minerality.
A delicious white wine from a rarely seen (in the United States) white grape. There is a floral intensity in the opening, which deepens into an almondy, spicy center. Top it all off with a crisp and refreshing finish, and you have a real winner.
It’s too bad Ponzi doesn’t make more of this gorgeous wine, or inspire someone else in Oregon to plant it. Penetrating scents and flavors show pineapple, citrus, peach and tropical fruits, and the piercing aromatics blossom on the tongue into a long, seductive, marmalade of a wine. Unique and flavorful.
In 2004, Giacosa fashioned a stylish Arneis with a pretty nose of honeysuckle, spice and dried apricot. The palate does not quite live up to the nose, showing a slight hollowness, but the wine blossoms at the end, and it finishes with real aplomb in a rush of sweet fruit.
The Il Falchetto offers lovely aromas of fresh peach, honeysuckle and lime peel. The palate is more delicate but the wine is beautifully balanced, and initially, there is more than enough intensity of flavor. But as it moves towards the finish, it begins to run out of steam.
Here is a very satisfying white wine from northern Italy that offers extreme freshness on the bouquet along with a creamy, silky structure at the end. Pair this Roero Arneis with seafood risotto or steamed mussels.