By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.ceretto.com/
Arneis is an Italian white grape that’s mostly grown up in the Piedmont region, not too far from the Alps mountain range. It’s a super-light, not too acidic grape that finishes super clean and has some nice tropical flavors that tend to marry well with seafood.
Ceretto, located in Alba Italy, had its start back in the second half of the 1930′s and continue now to produce high quality wines which showcase the terroir of the distinct vineyards they source from.
- Location: Vezza d’Alba, Castellinaldo and Castagnito
- Grape-variety: 100% Arneis
- Hectares (estate-owned): 70
- Altitude m: 210 – 290
- Stock: 1103 paulsen, SO4
- Plants per hectare: 4.300 ceppi/Ha
- Years of planting: 1982, 1987, 1996
- First year of production: 1985
- Bottles produced: 600.000
- Soil: 51% Clay, 31% silt and 18% sand
- Composition: 100% Arneis
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Production: 50,000 cases
- Price: $28
Nose: River rock, slighty muted aromas of apricot, green apple, pears, peaches and unsalted almonds.
Taste: A very crisp white wine that has a very nice touch of “spritz” to it – very clean flavors of green apples, bartlett pears, kiwi, lemon zest and oyster shell. The mid palate has very good acidiity and the finish is long and clean.