Pio Cesare Arneis Langhe DOC
November 21, 2016, James Suckling
“A white with bitter lemon and hints of mineral and orange peel. Fennel too. Full and fresh. Last year bottling this. Drink now.”
The Pio Cesare family’s unique winemaking method stresses minimal intervention to produce wines of particularly supple flavor expression. A ceaseless devotion to the individuality of each of the region’s wines informs Pio Cesare's choices in the cellar: shorter maceration, separate lot fermentation, judicious selection for barrel and large cask aging, and bottling schedules determined by the ideal structure of each wine. This allows Pio Cesare to craft wines of varying weight, ageability and drinkability as determined by the vineyard rather than market fashion.
Year after year, the wines of Pio Cesare are recognized for their consistency and regional expression. From world-class Barolo and Barbaresco to crisp Cortese and sweet Moscato, the wines of Pio Cesare offer exceptional quality and variety.
The grapes are sourced from very select vineyards in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures in stainless steel fermenters with extensive lees contact. Aging occurs in stainless steel until bottling in March after the harvest.
This wine is slightly aromatic, with rich and ripe fruit, is round, and has a refreshing, crisp fragrance. It is pleasant to drink and should be consumed rather young, keeping in the cellar for only two to three years maximum.
Varietals: 100% Arneis
Wine Alcohol: 12.5%
Aging: In stainless steel until bottling in March