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Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.40.03 PMItaly is known for it’s food and pasta and when it comes to wine usually known for the basket red wines. One thing that they never get enough credit for is their white wines. Arneis is a grape variety that is, according to Wikipedia, hard to to grow but has been around for centuries. It is currently being grown and cultivated in Northern Italy.

That brings us to the 2013 Rocche Costamagna Langhe Arneis from Italy. I picked this one up from our local wine shop Vinosity located in Culpeper, Virginia. We stopped their recently because we had gotten low on White wines, but we have plenty of reds from online purchases.

Here are the tasting notes from the winery’s website on this one:

Tasting notes – Straw yellow colour. It has a fruity nose with scents of pear, tropical fruits, and white flowers, Round, mineral, savoury on the palate with a pleasant aftertaste of chamomile.

So how was a white from Italy?

Color – Light golden yellow.

Nose – Pear, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste – Apple tart and citrus.

Finish – Clean and crisp with medium acid.

Overall, it is a pretty simple wine. Not very complex and the first sip really hits the cheeks. It is good but it just doesn’t blow me away. If you need a generic white wine to go with any fish, this is the one for you.

Rating: B

~Justin