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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Roero Arneis DOCG|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown|
Roero is comprised of 24 villages, 14 of which have vineyards planted (elsewhere the soil is too hard or forested). Nino Costa is located in the village of Montà, and helmed by winemaker Alessandro Costa. The cellar was founded in 1921 by Alessandro’s great grandfather, who at first produced a small quantity of wine privately. Nino is Alessandro’s father, who was the first to sell the estate’s wine commercially. In 2003 Alessandro finished his studies and trained to be an enologist, taking over the family winemaking. They avoid the use of chemicals in the vineyard whenever possible (a difficult feat given Roero’s high humidity), and have not used any chemicals in the last three years. This arneis is from 5 different vineyards, each fermented separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel. It spends 4 months in contact with the fine lees, and sees no malolactic fermentation before being filtered (but not fined) and bottled. Medium bodied, this displays delectable notes of lemon-lime citrus and tart nectarine with touches of nutmeg, French toast, and lees-y nuttiness. Organically grown.