2022 Renzo Seghesio Roero Arneis
Jan 2024 Selection
The 2022 Renzo Seghesio Roero Arneis is flavorful, fresh, mineraly and delicate, with a balanced body and a complex bouquet of peach, apricot, citrus, and apple.
Renzo Seghesio has worn many hats: farmer and winemaker, cartographer, and former mayor of
Monforte d’Alba. After studying winemaking in Alba, returning to Monforte in the 1960s, and
founding his own winery, he has dedicated himself to the single goal of growing and selecting the
best possible fruit from the unique terroir of his family’s parcels.
Since 1968 Renzo has gone from making his first wine in his family’s garage to releasing over 70,000
bottles a year from the grapes of the family estates, currently spanning over 14 hectares (about 34.5
acres) of land.
Arneis is an Italian white-wine grape variety originating from Piedmont, Italy. It is most commonly
found in the hills of the Roero, northwest of Alba, where it is part of the white Denominazione di
Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines of Roero. It can also be used to produce DOC wines in
Langhe. Arneis (literally: little rascal, in Piemontese) is so called because it is regarded as a somewhat
difficult variety to grow. It is a crisp and floral varietal, and has been grown for centuries in the
region. The white wines made from the Arneis grape tend to be dry and full bodied with notes of
pears and apricots.
A new addition to the Seghesio collection, the Arneis is a dear project from Renzo’s sons, Federico
and Raffaele (who designed the minimalist label). Relative to other Roero Arneis, the Seghesio
expression is a bit racier and leaner, yet still pretty with all its white flowers, apple crunch, and spritzy
summer citrus. The wine is made from Arneis harvested from the San Bernardino Seghesio family
estate in the Sanche valley in Vezza d’Alba. Here, the soils are sand over a calcareous base presented
by extreme inclinations, facing south and southwest.
After harvest, the fermentation lasts for 12 days in a stainless-steel tank followed by an aging on the
lees for up to 7 months, also in the tank. This sets Seghesio’s San Bernardino Arneis worlds apart from
the oceans of anonymous Arneis afloat in the world. The resulting wine is flavorful, fresh, mineraly
and delicate, with a balanced body and a complex bouquet of peach, apricot, citrus, and apple.
This wine pairs well with pasta with a creamy sauce or with a pesto sauce, shellfish, mature hard
cheese, lean fish, and cured meat dishes.
Enjoy this wine well-chilled.