For generations, the Almondo family has tended vines of Arneis, the noble white variety of Piedmont. Their six hectares are at elevation, averaging 350 meters. The old vines of the single vineyard, Bricco delle Ciliegie, are rooted in sand that covers an old ocean bed.
The new 2021 release from the Almondos comes roaring right out of the greats, with tremendous energy and aromas flowing from the bottle. Clean, bright notes of white flowers, almonds and a touch of sage with a generous mid-palate that gives layers of concentrated peach and citrus fruit with a mineral streak and a long finish.
The production is tiny, 300 cases or so, so don’t miss it as it is truly one of Italy’s great white wines. Last year it earned a rave 91-point review from Vinous making supply even harder to get a hold of. This year, I’m not waiting for any stinking scores, you already know how good this bottling is if you had it before. If not, you’re in for a treat.
91 Points, Antonio Galloni – Vinous
The 2020 Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie is layered and creamy, yet retains terrific freshness throughout. Pear, ginger, white flowers and a hint of spice lend notable character to this inviting, compelling Arneis. Bricco delle Ciliegie is one of the great whites of Italy.
The 2018 is fresh off the temp-controlled boat and is once again, a sensory firework show.
Flat out delicious by itself as an aperitif or a terrific complement to just about anything fried or from the sea.