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LANGHE ARNEIS DOC PRODUTTORI DIANESI
- Region: Piemonte
- Type: Still White Wine
- Proof: 12,5/13%
- Wine Variety: 100% Arneis
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Producted in the territory of Diano d'Alba near Cuneo.72 hours of maceration. Fermentation in steel for 2 weeks and malolactic done. First aging in still for 3/4 months. Service Temperature: 8-10 degrees.
- Uniqueness: One of the few Arneis produced in Langhe
A "grounchy" white
Arneis comes from the Roero area near the Langhe on the left side of the river Tanaro (today in the DOCG 19 municipalities). It is a very old wine. Initially sweet vinified according to the tastes of that time and cultivated contiguous and in alternation with Nebbiolo, to attract birds and preserve Nebbiolo, which has always been the most valuable vine variety. The origins of its name aren't sure; according to someone, it seems to derive from the Colle Renesio (Bric Renesio) which is located behind the Municipality of Canale, others say that it derives from the Piedmontese dialect expression "arnais" or "arneis" which means grouchy, surly, testy. It's cultivated on the sly for many years. Later on, in the '80s /' 90s, it becomes fancy thanks to a very effective promotional campaigns created by some producers (the first Ceretto with the famous "Blangè"). It obtained the DOC in 1985 and DOCG in 2004. Today it 's one of the best known dry whites of Piedmont. Cortino is one of the few Arneis produced in Langhe area and not, as traditionally, in Roero.
With the kindly offered fig pie
It's August: on the occasion of a quick working lunch just before the holidays, we opt for a veal with tuna sauce prepared according to the tradition. We choose a glass of Roero Arneis to create a perfect combination. We will double it when we discover, with pleasant surprise, that is magnificent with the small fresh fig pie offered by the house as dessert. After coffee, the afternoon at work is much more relaxed.
On the Tanaro's banks
It's produced in the Roero area in 19 municipalities on the left bank of the Tanaro River in the Province of Cuneo. In a few quantity is also produced in Langhe.