2014 Tenuta Carretta ‘Canorei’ Roero Arneis DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
Canorei is the name of some of Tenuta Carretta’s oldest Arneis varietal vineyards which were planted when the estate was relaunched in the 1980s.
It is made from 100% Arneis grape variety.
The wine was fermented in small French oak barrels in which it stayed maturing for about 3 months after fermentation. It was then bottled in spring and released a few weeks later although we are tasting it two years after bottling.
This Italian Piedmont white comes in a bright and shiny lemon-yellow color, with medium intensity, but underlined by slight gold hues making it appealing to look at.
The nose appears elegant and delicate, but also vibrant and lively.
Zesty ripe lemon aromas dominate the profile, while salivating notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnut make it smell generous and tempting, although it delivers its aromas with finesse.
Both the fresh zesty fruit characters and the influence of a well-integrated oak shine through the nose.
The palate strikes by its utter smoothness. It’s clearly dry but so round at the same time, without being oily. A mouth-coating feel with silky oak phenolics literally gives the impression it has the texture of silk.
A mineral acidity shines through and highlights the vivacious ripe fresh lemon flavors. The richness of oaky characters, vanilla again and creamy caramel lollies, together with sweet spices (nutmeg, touches of clove and white pepper) add plenty of depth, and betray a generous presence of oak explaining the opulence and softness of the whole.
An exquisite white wine, filled with zesty citrus freshness from the primary fruit characters, elegantly augmented by the roundness and depth of well-integrated fine oak.
Pungently fruity, almost like a lemon-liqueur to smell at and to taste at, without the sugar, it is also crisp with a mineral acidity and savory with well-infused leesy notes of brioche and sour dough.
A wine that includes many positive facets of what we like in white wine, lively fruit, elegant leesy notes, and oak generosity.