His Bricco delle Ciliegie, sometimes called “il Barolo Bianco” (the white Barolo), comes from a sandy hillside above the town of Montà, which gets its name from the cherry orchard that grew on its flanks before Giovanni and Domenico planted these vines almost thirty years ago. Ripe Green Anjou pears, wild fennel and citrus-zest emerge when the wine is poured, along with a fleeting hint of passion fruit. The long clean finish is punctuated with fine-grained saline mineral grip.
About this wine producer: The Almondos have grown grapes in Roero for more than three centuries, but it was Domenico’s father, Giovanni Almondo, who was the first to bottle the wines. There are six hectares of Arneis, the noble white variety of Piemonte, along with four hectares of Nebbiolo for the Roeros, one-and-a-half hectares of Barbera, and a tiny parcel of Brachetto which goes into the classic, slightly sparkling, pale sweet Fosso della Rosa. Giovanni Almondo still works in the vineyards, but day-to-day operations are in the hands of Domenico and his sons, Stefano and Federico, who are all uncompromising perfectionists in the vineyard and in the cellar.