Dezzani, Monfrigio, DOCG Roero Arneis, Piemonte, 2014
Arneis – tending to full-bodied wines, if picked late can be flabby, suggested profile includes gooseberry, ripe pear, apple, lemon, orange, melon, stone fruit – apricot and peach, broom, camomile, almond, black pepper ….. typically unoaked, but some do eg Malvira ferment 50% in French oak, typically consumed young.
This wine: varietal arneis, agglomerate natural cork closure, 13% abv, Delilah Fine Foods, £12 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: ripe orchard and stone fruits, full(ish) body with a very smooth texture, lightly warming alcohol and balancing but not high acidity, still refreshing on a decent length with a fresh orchard finish.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe dessert apple, pear, a little apricot and white peach, touches of neroli, ripe grapefruit and citrus blossom, with a nutty – perhaps hazelnut dimension after some time.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth almost oily texture with a low-key grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of overripe gooseberry, dessert apple and pear, with a little white stone fruit. A medium (+) length with a clean orchard fruit finish and a light grip.
Quality: a good quality wine, harmonious acidity with primary fruit intensity and alcohol, modest intensity on the nose, better on the palate, along with better than expected concentration of flavour; the grip suggests some oak contribution but low-key, or maybe extended maceration at low temperature, or whole bunch pressing, anyway not a complex wine, but with a good length and a pleasant finish.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing.