2022 Giovanni Almondo Vigne Sparse, Roero Arneis DOCG, Italy
Arneis Vigne Sparse (from “scattered vineyards”) comes from three tiny parcels on the estate, including the historic Burigot, which the Almondos have farmed for more than a hundred years; the red earth Pe’ del Can; and a few rows on the lower slope of the Bric Valdiana. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and matured on the lees for five months before bottling.
The Almondo family has cultivated vineyards and orchards in Roero for hundreds of years, but Domenico and his father, Giovanni, were the first to estate-bottle their production (their first vintage, in 1981, totaled just 1,500 bottles). Since then, the estate has acquired some of the most expressive parcels of vineyard land around the tiny town of Montà d’Alba—nearly fifteen combined hectares of Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Brachetto. Along with his sons Federico and Stefano, Domenico’s meticulous vineyard work and sensitive approach in the cellar make it no surprise that the Almondo family is considered a top tier producer in Roero