The second white wine on our journey comes from the Roero DOCG wine region, located in Cuneo, a province in Piedmont. Roero is different from the other three wines we’ve gone through so far in that wines from this region are not white or red; they can be either one (though white is more common, at least in the US). Red wines produced in the Roero DOCG region must contain at least 95% Nebbiolo, the dominant red grape of the Piedmont region. This makes Roero the third of three Piedmont DOCG regions that produce Nebbiolo-based wines, with the other two being Barolo and Barbaresco. Roero Nebbiolo, however, isn’t typically as big or powerful as it’s cousins.
White wine from the Roero region is made from the Arneis grape, and is often labeled ‘Roero Arneis’. These wines are made from 100% Arneis, an ancient white grape that is indigenous to Piedmont. They are usually dry and full-bodied wines, which can often be quite fruit-forward. Roero Arneis and Gavi make up much of the white wines found from Piedmont.
This Roero Arneis is from Paitin, a large wine producer in the Piedmont region. The wine has a very fragrant and full nose, something I usually like in a white wine (and not something you always get). There are some crisp mineral notes on the nose, along with fresh fruit. It is full bodied, with some of the heft you would expect from a heavier white, as well as crisp, with a bit of frizzantino. Notes of pear and green apple come through nicely on the palate. The finish is crisp and dry.