KOOL Bianco Pét Nat
5 in stock
Region: Piedmonte, Italy
Grape varieties: Arneis
KOOL Bianco Pét Nat is a playful experiment with the major white grape of the Roero region, Arneis. Energetic and fresh with lime and lemon.
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About KOOL Bianco Pét Nat
KOOL Bianco Pét Nat is a playful experiment with the major white grape of the Roero region, Arneis. A popular style worldwide, Pét Nat is a French term for petillant naturel, which means a naturally sparkling wine. Unlike Champagne, there is just one fermentation that finishes in the bottle leaving mild carbonation and oftentimes, natural sediment. The wine is energetic and fresh with lime and lemon citrus, fresh-cut wildflowers, and peach pit. The bubbles make it perfect for fatty foods and salty foods like potato chips. Good with many courses from hamburgers to fish and chips.
About Kool Line
Kool Line is the new line of wines born from the collaboration of Agriment Italia with some of the beloved Italian wineries of our importer, Tuscany Wines Imports. Tuscany’s owner Daisy Penzo wanted to dedicate a line of wines to Generation Z and to the Millennials, two categories of consumers and audiences who have a very specific taste, and a palate oriented towards quality.
Kool Line is a line of wines that meets the needs of younger people who love particular, fresh wines, perhaps from native vineyards or with a particular vinification that enhances the unique characteristics of the grape, aka natural wines. Pop and fun Italian wines, of the highest quality in the glass.
Arneis is a white wine grape variety from Italy’s much-respected Piedmont wine region. In a story shared by several renascent grape varieties (most obviously Viognier), Arneis has been rescued from the verge of extinction and is now enjoying something of a revival. By the 1960s, just a few hectares of Arneis vines remained, and only a handful of producers were making the wine. There are now more than 605 hectares (1500 acres) of Arneis vines in Piedmont.
In the past couple of decades, Arneis has become synonymous with the wines of Roero (despite the district producing a fair quantity of red Nebbiolo). There, it produces floral-scented white wines, whose delicate aromas belie the wines’ relatively full-bodied and generous flavors – typically of pear and apricot rounded out with a creamy hint of hazelnut.
Produced just across the Tanaro River from Barolo, these white Roero Arneis wines have earned the nickname Barolo Bianco (white Barolo).
The Arneis variety’s survival is due in part to the efforts of one winemaker: the late Alfredo Currado – a member of the well-regarded Vietti wine family, which produces some of the world’s most sought-after Arneis even today. From 1967 onwards, Currado devoted a great deal of time and effort to this then-endangered variety.
His work was catalyzed by a renewed international interest in Piedmont wines in general, which shows little sign of abating.
There are various possible explanations for Arneis’ decline in the 20th Century. Piedmont was, and still is, a region best known for its red wines. White wines have traditionally taken a back seat there, and white wine varieties were often relegated to less-desirable vineyard sites.
Arneis vines were sometimes planted next to Nebbiolo vines, but largely as a form of protection; the Arneis grapes’ stronger fragrance distracted hungry birds and insects away from the more highly prized Nebbiolo.
In the winery, Arneis held an equally ancillary role and was added in small quantities to Nebbiolo or Barbera wines in order to soften their robust tannins. (A similar relationship was established by winemakers in the northern Rhône Valley, who developed the Syrah-Viognier blend).
Finally, Arneis has a reputation as a rather troublesome variety; it is low-yielding and susceptible to powdery mildew and, in warm seasons, struggles to retain useful levels of acidity.
All of the above supported the theory that the variety’s name is derived from a Piedmontese word meaning “little rascal”, although this is now disputed.