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Bera Vittorio e Figli

Bera Vittorio e Figli 'Arcese' Bianco 2020


no added sulfur

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmonte

Type: White Wine

Grape: Arneis/Cortese/Sauvignon Blanc/Favorita/Vermentino

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; 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 in this area.

The different varieties are mainly co-planted and thus co-fermented. They are destemmed and gently pressed, then fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in concrete tank without sulfur. The wine ages on its lees for up to a year in concrete tank. It is bottled unfiltered with a tiny dab of sulfur and residual sugar, allowing for a final bit of fermentation in the bottle that gives just a slight spritz upon opening.