Vittorio Bera e Figli - "Arcese" Bianco 2020 750 ML (13% ABV)
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This fun and organic blend of Arneis/Cortese/Sauvignon Blanc/Favorita/Vermentino will appeal to fans of Gavi. The name "Arcese" is a whimsical mash-up of Arneis and Cortese, historically the main base of this field-blend white. Cortese and Arneis are classic Piemontese varieties, in Gavi and the Roero hills respectively; also native to Piemonte, Favorita flies under the radar and is generally used in blends for its bright, citric tang; Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc are much less common here.
The different varieties are mainly co-planted and thus are co-fermented. They are destemmed and gently pressed, then fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in concrete tank without sulfur. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation and ages on its lees for up to a year in concrete tank. It is bottled unfiltered and allows for a final bit of fermentation that adds a spritz of CO2 upon opening of the bottle.