2009 Pietro Rinaldi Langhe Arneis

Arneis is said to becoming a very popular white wine in Italy and I think it's only a matter of time before the varietal becomes more of a household name here in the United States as well. To me, it's far more interesting than most Italian Pinot Grigio and usually has more complexity and a stunning savory quality that lends itself beautifully for pairings with poultry and seafoods.

The 2009 Pietro Rinaldi Langhe Arneis shows some really nice aromas of lime peel, ocean breeze, mineral, and wet sea shell. The aromatics certainly speak of calcareous soils and the ocean.

On the palate the wine has a oily texture and displays flavors of savory lemon-lime, mineral, salty oysters, chalk, and seashell. This wine is rather plain in terms of fruit expression but is quite honestly taylor-made for shellfish of any kind. The savory and salty nature of the wine, combined with the citrus notes and acidity makes this wine a perfect seafood wine. I wouldn't however drink it without food, because it would appear rather uninteresting to the everyday wine drinker. 85 points

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