Though an equally terrific producer of red wine, Domenico Almondo is best known for this Arneis, sometimes called “il Barolo Bianco” (the white Barolo). A wine with an exquisite balance of finesse and opulence, the Bricco delle Ciliegie comes from a sandy hillside above the town of Montà, that gets its name from the cherry orchard that grew on its flanks before Giovanni and Domenico planted these vines almost forty years ago.
In the glass, aromas of Bartlett pears, ripe white peaches, honeydew, and wild parsley give way to fresh yellow plums, blood orange oil, and almond blossoms, as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is racy and vibrant, with lemon-lime citrus and dried honeycomb, all seasoned with fresh fennel, sea salt, and a fleeting suggestion of wild spearmint; and the long refreshing 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.