There is no other style of wine that is more polarizing than Skin Contact/Orange Wine. While there are many reasons to both like and dislike these wines, ever so often a producer turns out a bottle that transcends the style of wine they are creating (e.g. Tempier Bandol Rosé). Alberto Oggero turns out one such bottle with this Valle Dei Lunghi. Once allowed to breathe, the wine evolves towards complex aromas of persimmons, tangerine oil, orange blossoms, chestnuts and chamomile. The slightly creamy and fleshy texture of Arneis is front and center on the palate before it begins its silky descent towards a savory, floral and slightly earthy finish. There are no awkward, angular points in the structure that are often encountered with orange wines. This is a refined, harmonious experience though and through, and will surely enliven and inspire new food pairing possibilities. 30 minute decanting recommended.
An exciting, young winemaker still in his 30's, the future is bright for Alberto Oggero. Despite his youth, Alberto spent most of his childhood accompanying and then working with his grandfather Sandro in the vineyards. In his 20's, Alberto returned home to take over Sandro's 2ha of vineyards after he passed and restored the family's house and cellar by hand. Alberto employs organic farming methods and tends almost exclusively to 80+ year old Arneis vines. 2009 marked his first vintage and his tireless work ethic in the vineyards and cellar are earning him the reputation as one of the finest Arneis producers in the Roero. This is a producer we'll be keeping a close eye on.