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2022 Langhe Arneis

Cantine Elvio Tintero
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In anticipation of a meal and tasting with Marco Tintero himself, my colleagues and I recently twisted our way up and over a harrowing stretch of roughly paved, vineyard-flanked roads to Marco’s bed-and-breakfast in Mango, about thirty kilometers east of Barolo. The property sits atop a deliriously undulating, scenic area of the region known for its sunlit parcels of Moscato and other native grape varieties. As we sat around Marco’s table, I had the most revelatory moment with a freshly cracked bottle of his cold, pear-scented, and delicately floral Langhe Arneis, which couldn’t be a lovelier or more refreshing table wine. Marco served it alongside an insalata bergera, a classic Piemontese salad featuring celery, toasted walnuts, and shaved bits of toma cheese and black truffle, all drizzled with richly flavored olive oil. The textures of these ingredients along with the savory flavors of the nuts, salty cheese, and earthy truffle mingled so beautifully with this delightful bianco that I was reminded a spectacular meal never requires the most expensive wine around. 

Jane Augustine

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
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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Inspiring Thirst

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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