I cannot stop raving about this wine. Full body and fruit forward. If you are not familiar with Arneis grape, it can produce some beautiful, opulent, fruity and floral wines that are perfect for a sunny spring day. Arneis means “little rascal” in Piemontese¹ owing to how difficult it is to grow. Side note: “little rascal” in English and “litla rassgat” in Icelandic are both terms of endearment for small children, but with very different literal translations.
First of all, this wine is just visually stunning. Pale yellow color, and very clean and bright. It is, however, full body and rich. Loaded with creamy fruit and dessert flavors. On the nose there is lemon peel, hay, and yogurt. Baked pear, nutmeg, and chalk on the palate.
This wine is comes from the Langhe region in Piedmont, Italy. Piedmont has a massive reputation for some of the heaviest hitting red wines in Italy, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera d’Alba. Gavi di Gavi white wine, very popular in Iceland, also comes from Piedmont. With such a good reputation for wine in Piedmont, and at a reasonable price, I highly recommend experimenting and trying this Arneis. I have not found many Arneis wines in Iceland, so consider this a ‘rising star’ to try.