92 Insider Points
Arneis, the nearly-lost white grape of the Langhe in Piedmont.
Crisp lemon, pineapple and tart green apple aromas jump out of the glass. Its light body and high acid coat the palate with lemon citrus and flowers, complimented by mouth-watering minerality and a long, bitter finish. A great choice for your summer opener. 92 pts - JZ September '17
For many, many years now, when we have spoken of Carlin de Paolo we were talking world-class Barbera, their bold and flavorful flagship wine. We have pleasantly discovered their whites are just as fierce. This Arneis is a perfect example of just how beautiful and flavorful a Northern Italian white can be among its famous red counterparts.
Reasons why we love it:
- Exclusively Estate. We bring this offer to our Members from a winery that racks up the awards with its Estate-produced wines. Their 15+ awards in 2016 alone is something to celebrate! If you didn’t know, the renowned Ponte Family is behind Carlin de Paolo, named for the winery’s prominent patriarchs: Grandfather Carlin and Great-Grandfather Paolo. A real Piedmont legend, the winery is known for picking itself up after both world wars to create some of Italy’s most desirable wines.
- The “Little Rascal” with Lots to Love. The name “Arneis” is derived from a Piedmontese word meaning “little rascal” which fits quite perfectly considering its reputation for low yields and in warm years can easily lose its acidity levels. The once endangered variety is now showing its worth - and succulent quality - with over 1,500 planted acres in the esteemed Piedmont region.
- Delicious and drinkable. Coming from vines averaging 20-30 years of age, you will experience captivating floral aromas with soft fruit on the palate and a crisp, dry finish.
- Very prime land. Piedmont is one of the world's finest wine regions with a heavy French influence, especially that of the Burgundians. It is often called the “Burgundy of Italy” and Terri Alfieri is one of the newest DOC additions. Covering just two varietals, Nebbiolo and Arneis, with Arneis once known as Nebbiolo Bianco, it’s traditional Piedmont at its best.
Straw yellow with greenish nuances. Prevailing floral aromas of white flowers reminiscent of springtime, yet a delicate with perceptible soft fruit notes of apple and pineapple with a taste that is quite tannic, clean and dry.
Carlin De Paolo is a fourth-generation family-owned winery with exclusively estate-produced wines. The Name Carlin de Paolo comes from two of the winery’s great patriarchs: Carlin and Paolo, Grandfather and great-grandfather, respectively. Paolo was an indefatigable worker, bent from the hard work carried out in the vineyards for many years. But he was always joyful; with his fist clenched as a sign of determination he was always striding forward.
Carlin de Paolo’s labels depict Paolo as a representation of their winemaking philosophy. They believe that the best ingredient of a wine is the honesty of the producer; with patched trousers and an open heart, the man on their labels represents a life of sacrifices, a deep love for family, and a connection to the soil. It is this honesty and passion for winemaking that comes across in their beautiful wines.
This wine perfectly matches with all fish and white meat. It is perfect also as an aperitif.