2017-C Matteo Correggia Arneis, Roero DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)

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Matteo Correggi was a pioneer in Piedmont’s Roero appellation, striving to elevate its status and highlight the quality of its wines which were generally considered insignificant when compared to those of its more famous neighbors, Barolo and Barbaresco. After inheriting his family’s vineyard estate in 1985 at the young age of 23, he continued the tradition of farming outstanding fruit which eventually turned the heads of nearby legendary Barolo producers, Roberto Voerzio and Elio Altare. These two famed winemakers took Matteo under their wing, mentoring him in how to maximize the potential of his excellent vineyards and encouraging him to establish his own winery. Matteo did just that, but rather than adopting the ultra-modern trends of machine harvesting and the use of new barrels, he prudently opted to hand-harvest his grapes and ferment in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Matteo went on to produce the first vineyard designated wine in Roero and helped guide the standards for what would become the Roero DOCG. Tragically, Matteo passed in an accident in 2001, yet his widow, Ornella continues to build on his legacy and maintains the winery’s reputation as Roero’s benchmark producer of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Arneis. Arneis translates to ‘little rascal’ as it is a notoriously difficult varietal to farm, hastily losing acidity as it ripens. You wouldn’t know this from tasting this vibrant expression from Matteo Correggia who cunningly picks his grapes by hand in multiple stages and blends the lots to preserve acidity and showcase what the grape is all about. A freshness exudes from the nose, exhibiting notes of crisp Bosc pear, yellow grapefruit zest, Granny Smith apple, limestone and wild fennel. There is a lush texture to the palate where slightly sweeter notes appear as in spiced poached pear, yellow apple and white nectarine; a soft yet juicy acidity provides balance and enhances the clean, mineral-tinged finish.

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