2015 Musso Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy
Their iconic wines include a series of single vineyard Barbaresco wines made of the Nebbiolo grape, but they also produce a variety of more affordable beverages showcasing the diversity Piedmont has to offer: Langhe Nebbiolo, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Chardonnay to name but a few, and the Roero Arneis reviewed here.
Vineyard Location and Info
To the left of the river Tanaro is the larger Roero area, are 19 villages on rugged and steep hilly landscapes, where real earth cones make for terrains that are difficult to crop. Here are cultivated mainly four varieties, Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Favorita.
It is in one of these villages, Santo Stefano Roero, that Musso produces this Roero Arneis.
The grape variety used here is obviously Arneis grown on vineyards spread over a steep terrain exposed South to South West, with calcareous soils with little amounts of clay and sandy layers at an altitude between 270 and 350 meters above sea level.
After hand harvest, grapes are pressed and the juice fermented, then aged in stainless steel tanks for a few months. No wine barrels used on this Arneis.
So how good is this 2015 Musso Roero Arneis?
This Arneis comes in a bright lemon-yellow color of medium intensity, slightly pale and with a hint of green hues, giving it a zingy aspect.
The aromas are fresh and delicate. Subtle elegant citrus notes, lime and lemon, a touch of fresh vegetal character lifts the nose even further. Some acacia honey.
It is pretty, and enjoyable to smell!
The palate feels very complete, driven by a palpable but smooth acidity. Mid-body, oily texture and a touch of rich citrusy sweetness (confit lemon flavors) balance the wine harmoniously on an overall dry feel.
Flavors of green tea, ripe pink grapefruit, and lime offer and elegantly fruity profile.
Powerful and long finish.
A very enjoyable white, filled with zesty primary citrus flavors and a touch of grassiness giving it some spice and a zingy feel.
The wine’s balance backs up this fresh feel thanks to a nice a mooth acidity, but also adds weight and depth of texture. The layered long finish concludes both an approachable yet serious tasting experience.