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 Almondo family has cultivated vineyards and orchards in Roero for hundreds of years, but Domenico and his father, Giovanni, were the first to estate bottle their production in the early 1980’s (their first vintage in 1981 totaled 1500 bottles). Since then, the estate has acquired some of the most expressive parcels of vineyard land around the tiny town of Montà d’Alba - nearly fifteen combined hectares of Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Brachetto. Along with his sons Federico and Stefano, Domenico’s meticulous vineyard work and sensitive approach in the cellar make it no surprise that the Almondo family is considered the single best producer in Roero.