La Spinetta Cocito Langhe Bianco ‘Ben Turno’ 2020

La Spinetta Cocito Langhe Bianco ‘Ben Turno’ 2020

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This wine is a unique blend of Arneis and Sylvaner – two grape varieties that play off of each other to create an incredible aromatic, fresh, and drinkable white wine. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard, planted over 35 years ago at 250 meters of elevation.

Arneis is a well-known grape variety in the Langhe, particularly in Roero, but this particular planting is even more floral and aromatic, due to some wild vine crossings with co-planted Moscato vines. When Giorgio first vinified these Arneis grapes, he quickly realized that these heightened aromatics created a wine that was completely distinctive. That led to his decision to blend in a small amount of Sylvaner, a grape that is known for both floral notes and high acidity.

The grapes were all hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts in stainless-steel tanks before aging on the lees for 6 months to add further texture and complexity. This wine is of extremely limited production and not produced in every vintage.

The name of the wine – ‘Ben Turno’ – means “welcome back” in Piemontese dialect. It refers to Ezio getting back control of this portion of the vineyard, which was previously leased to another producer.