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2021 Langhe Arneis

Cantine Elvio Tintero
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Italy is home to so many native grape varieties (roughly ten times France’s amount) that you’d never be able to taste them all in a lifetime, let alone know of their existence. What makes Italian whites charming is that each is deeply rooted in its soil, local culture, and the people who have contributed to their cultivation for centuries. Arneis, which means “little rascal” in Piemontese dialect, is just barely a wine, considering how quickly it goes from vine to press to bottle. Fermented dry, it retains the gorgeous grape must aroma that typically fades with fermentation, giving us a wine reminiscent of ripe pear and gardenias—a quintessential choice for bright salad courses. I paired it with crunchy little gems and endive, tossed with a green goddess dressing and bits of avocado. The dressing’s creaminess matched the softness of the wine without overpowering its delightful touch of spritz.

Jane Augustine


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Arneis
Appellation: Langhe
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantine Elvio Tintero
Vineyard: 10 years average, 3.33 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone with Rocks
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Piedmont

map of Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now twelve Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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