Gentle and pleasant notes of white flowers and fresh nuts on the nose. An unexpectedly bright acidity on the palate for an Arneis, with aromas of stone fruits, minerality and a nice almondy finish.
GianLuca Colombo doesn’t want you to see his hand. Despite working for years as a sought-after vigneron in various storied subzones of Barolo and beyond, he seeks not to display wines of “his” style, often stating that “only the vineyard, the vintage, and the grape should speak”.
While many have declared that Colombo makes classic wines that recall Piemonte’s greatest traditions, he follows traditions when they make the best wine, bucking them whenever they don’t. For instance, he knows that in testing for ripeness, no machine could compete with the simple human perception of taste; at the same time, he ferments many of his wines at 10 degrees cooler than what is traditional for the region, in order to skip excessive tannin in favor more the gentler development subtle aromatic compounds. In other words, he doesn’t fly under any flag. Declared Italy’s best young winemaker in 2014, Colombo keeps his heart and brain in balance, creating transcendent wines that destroys forever any possible false dichotomy between artist and scientist.
Federico Scarzello has been called an “emerging star of traditional Barolo” by wine journalist Gregory Dal Piaz. Third-generation wine maker on his family’s 5 hectares (12 acres) estate in the village of Barolo. Federico was one of the first winemakers to work with spontaneous fermentation in Barolo.
AltreVie is the newest project from GianLuca Colombo and Federico Scarzello, inspired by the French negoce. They are passionate about scouting amazing vineyards in Langhe and Roero. The grapes selected for the AltreVie project come from only the best vineyards of dolcetto, arneis, barbera and nebbiolo. They started this journey in 2021 and are excited for the wines to be born out of it.
100% Arneis aged in anfora.