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2009 Malvira Roero Arneis**
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Piedmonte, Italy $16 Private Tasting 5/18/11
A water-white, lemon-colored wine with bright aromas of citrus, green apple, minerals and a hint of peach and herbs. The palate is light-bodied with refreshing acidity and a creamy, medium-length finish. The flavors reflect the nose with lemon and apple dominating along with notes of herbs, pear and yeast from the aging sur lie. A vibrant, wine that shows good balance and ripe fruit due to stainless steel aging, though is still very Italian in character. My favorite Arneis of the tasting and one that delivers interesting flavors for the price at an easy drinking 12.5% abv.

2008 Vietti Roero Arneis*
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Piedmont, Italy $15 K&L Wines 2/14/11
A pale, lemon-colored wine with a subtle nose of minerals, citrus and green fruit. The palate is light-bodied with medium-high acidity and a slightly spritzy, medium-length finish. What flavors I could pick out were of apples, lemon, melon and a hint of nutmeg. I usually enjoy Italian whites for their freshness and acidity, but I was quite disappointed in this one. It just doesn't really have much balance or flavor definition, expecially for the price. Perhaps if they had let the wine go through malolactic fermentation it would have had a bit more life. Not a wine that will bring many people onto the Arneis bandwagon. (13.5% abv)

2006 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis***
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Piedmont, Italy $28 Woodland Hills Wine 9/2/08
A clear, straw colored wine with expressive aromatics of floral, citrus, green fruit and minerality. The palate is light, but viscous with ripe green apples, pear, peach, spice and stone flavors that unite on the crisp finish. Flavorful and elegant, though I'm glad I only had to pay $22 for my bottle. Giacosa is one of the top producers in the region and his winemaking skill is definitely present here. There's a purity of fruit and finesse to this version most others are lacking. Expensive for an Italian white, but the quality is there. I'm glad my husband doesn't really like white wine, so I got most of the bottle.

2006 Malvira Roero Arneis**
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Piedmonte, Italy $20 @ Wine House 3/24/08
A pale, lemon-colored wine with light aromas of tropical fruits, toast and minerals. The palate is soft and fuller than expected with flavors of citrus, peach and yeast with a short, clean finish. This version lacks focus due to it's low acidity, yet is still quite drinkable. I've had better versions of this varietal at lower prices (see Marco Porello).

2006 Marco Porello Roero Arneis**
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Piedmonte, Italy $14 @ K&L Wines 3/5/08
A local variety almost exclusively grown in the Piedmont. This version is a pale yellow with hints of green and a light aroma of grass, herbs, apples and hints of minerality. Medium-weight in the mouth with flavors of citrus, apple and pear as well as lively acidity and a clean finish. Bright and crisp this would make a lovely aperitif or summer salad sipper.

2006 Palmina Arneis, Honea Vineyard**
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Santa Barbara, CA $16 Woodland Hills Wine Co. 7/9/08
A pale, lemon-colored wine with hints of green and a youthful nose filled marked by citrus and green fruit flavors with notes of almonds, herbs and flowers. The palate has good acidity with some creaminess and bright flavors of lemon, green apple, kiwi, asparugus and more almond on the fairly lengthy finish. A crisp, elegant wine that was certainly enjoyable, but didn't make me wish I had another bottle. Held it's own for several days once opened. Definitely more interesting as it warmed up.




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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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