Though an equally terrific producer of red wine, Domenico Almondo is best known for this Arneis - a wine with an exquisite balance of finesse and opulence, and one that could only come from one place in the world, the Bricco delle Ciliegie, a windswept hillside vineyard facing southeast and comprised almost entirely of sand over limestone bedrock.
Aromatically, crisp Braeburn apple, dried grapefruit peel, and wild parsley give way to fresh yellow plums, blood orange oil, and honeysuckle blossoms, as the wine spends time in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is vibrant and fresh - with ripe Anjou pear, marzipan and green citrus fruit flavors, all seasoned with wild spearmint, sandstone, and anise. The finish is long, clean and compelling, with a firm, 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.