As usual, I was absolutely delighted to attend another tasting at Otto Enoteca in NYC a couple of Saturdays past. Directed by Sommelier Dan Pucci, it was a lively, informative tasting featuring 6 distinctive wines crafted by winemakers using only natural, organic and biodynamic methods. Each wine expressed a sense of place and had a story to tell; from the creamy honey and almonds of the Il Lebbio Tropie Vernaccia Di San Gimignano to the unusual and wonderful Bricco Maiolica Dolcetto Diano d’Alba, all were friendly and engaging!
Brandini Arnies Langhe 2012
The Agricola Brandini estate is located on top of a hill in La Morra, in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmonte. The 9 hectare estate is certified organic, and all processes of winemaking are carried out in a natural manner, such as no fining or filtration are done, and only native yeasts are used. The grapes [Arneis translates to “little rascal” as it is very difficult to grow] were sourced from vines ranging in age from 5 to 50 years.
Fermented in stainless with enticing aromas of apple, pineapple, honey and hints of salty cracker. Lush floral flavours of jasmine and orange blossom joined smoky honey elements; clean minerals and a crisp acidity balanced each delicate sip. Fantastically easy drinking and refreshing, each summery sip beckons for more.
Bottled by IT CN 6380 S. Vittoria d’Alba for Brandini SRL La Morra
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