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To all Wine Exchangers,
Today we’re turning back to a property that we just can’t get enough of.  We featured two tremendous library Nebbiolo wines from them before and now we’ll take a hard look at what actually put Malvira on the map…Arneis.

The Malvira winery began producing wine in the 1950's under the guidance of Giuseppe Damonte.  Giuseppe was a visionary, understanding that in the 50's, Roero had not yet maximized its vineyard, and thus grape-growing, potential.  Today the estate is run by Massimo and Roberto Damonte, Guiseppe’s sons, who inherited their father’s passion for winemaking.  Currently, the two brothers split the responsibilities, Massimo managing the vineyards and Roberto in the cellar.

Few are as dedicated to Arneis as the Damonte brothers. Almost half of their production is this indigenous white grape and in 1983 they purchased the famed Renesio cru. It was from this vineyard that Arneis is said to have first been identified in 1478.  It is also the site from which Arneis takes its name!  Despite its long history in Piedmont, Arneis almost went extinct in the early 1990s when fewer than 60 HA remained.  As true believers, the Damontes have some of the oldest vines around, with averages hovering around 50 years. Much like Chardonnay and Riesling, Arneis provides a great looking glass into its particular terroir. When planted in stony calcareous soils, the wines are steely and mineral – like great Chablis. In clay soils, a rich wine laced with warm tropical fruit is produced.

So it is that most people consider the Malvira Arneis Vigna Renesio to be the top Arneis produced.  Basically, you have ‘ground zero’ for the grape, super-old vines and one of the most talented winemaking teams on the planet working together to give you a one-of-a-kind drinking experience that is stylistically unparalleled in Piedmont.
The 2015 Malvira Arneis Vigna Renesio just received one of the highest scores ever given to this grape by the team at Vinous.  Both Antonio Galloni and Ian d’Agata have ‘capped’ out at 92 points being a ‘100-point’ Arneis, and this one got that 92-point score.

Ian writes, “Bright straw-yellow. Sexy, ripe aromas of soft citrus fruits, pear and orange oil, accented by minty herbs and honey. Dense, sweet and supple, with its white peach, grapefruit and herb flavors showing a honeyed quality and lovely lift. A broad, ripe style of Arneis with a passerillé quality and a tactile, chewy mouthfeel (no doubt a result of the hot growing season) but with a welcome light touch. The long finish features delightful minty lift. Despite the wine tasting as if it were made partly from air-dried grapes, the vines were harvested early, on August 23. Only 12.5% alcohol.

And that’s what old vines will do for you, deliver rich, intensely flavored yet exquisitely balanced wines at low alcohol levels, the balance in the old vines conveying itself into the finished wine.

Remarkable stuff, its a bit of a chameleon on the table, able to handle both lighter are and heavier white meat dishes with ease.  Salad? Yup. Roast chicken? You bet.  Agnolotti dal plin? Of course.  It’s a ton of wine and a serious glass of liquid history for just $19.98 a bottle.

By the way, if you’re looking for a red wine to pair up with this brilliant white on the table, we still have limited stocks remaining on the other brilliant wine from this historic site that we previously featured.

The 93-point Malvira Roero Riserva Renesio 2006 direct from the winery’s library program is a stunner and drinking perfectly now, a wine that should be twice the price but…you know us.
Malvira Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio 2015
92 Points! Bright straw-yellow. Sexy, ripe aromas of soft citrus fruits, pear and orange oil, accented by minty herbs and honey. Dense, sweet and supple, with its white peach, grapefruit and herb flavors showing a honeyed quality and lovely lift. A broad, ripe style of Arneis with a passerillé quality and a tactile, chewy mouthfeel (no doubt a result of the hot growing season) but with a welcome light touch. The long finish features delightful minty lift. Despite the wine tasting as if it were made partly from air-dried grapes, the vines were harvested early, on August 23. Only 12.5% alcohol. - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media
ONLY $19.98
Malvira Roero Riserva Renesio 2006
93 Points! The estate’s 2006 Roero Riserva Renesio is the most complete of these 2006 Roeros from Malvira. Deceptively medium in body, the Renesio flows with ripe, juicy cherries, tobacco and spices in a firm style that requires patience. There is a weightless elegance to the Renesio I find compelling and totally engaging. The Renesio shows just how elegant Nebbiolo from Roero can be. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.  - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
ONLY $39.98
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