Translating from Italian to English as “little rascal,” Arneis is an ancient grape that hails from the Roero hills of Italy’s Piemonte region. It thrives in areas of sandy soils, marine deposits and rolling hillsides with bright sunshine.
The Honea vineyard in the “Los Olivos District” of the Santa Ynez Valley is the source for Palmina’s Arneis, and was the second certified planting of Arneis in the US. The vineyard's rolling hills, sandy alluvial soils and warm sunny days followed by cool and crisp evenings and meticulous farming create the perfect environment for taming the grape's “rascal” nature.
Aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, marjoram and wet stone fill the glass. The wine is medium in body with with notes of lavender sorbet, purple basil, Asian pear and lemon pith with a long and perky finish.