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Ceretto, Langhe, Arneis DOC, Blange’ 2007 This is quite fresh with lots of flowers, citrus fruit, moderate acidity and a light body. Blange is the name of Ceretto’s estate property, devoted to Arneis, spread over two villages. The wine’s production is all in stainless and there is some retained CO2. Proprietors Bruno and Marcello Ceretto. Bottled in Alba 13% $23.49 at Bottle Barn Ceretto

Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2006 There are green herbs and some hints of enamel creeping with plenty of acidity and candied fruit on the palate. All Cortese from the commune of Gavi. Estate bottled by Masimo Moccagatta 13% $18.95 at Traverso’s

Cooperativa Agricoltura di Riomaggiore-Manarola-Corniglia-Vernazza-Monterosso, Cinque Terre DOC 2006 Deepening in color and very toasty with a nutty character. Astringent on the palate with some buttery notes. As with past vintages, I don’t think that most people will see this in the generous light that they did when on holiday in the area of production. The grapes from the 5 villages in the cooperative name are 60% Bosco, 20% Vermentino, 20% Albarola. P&B in Groppo di Riomaggiore 12.5% $21.99 at Traverso’s

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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