Review: Malvira Rive Gauche Sparkling Arneis
Once down to only two Italian producers, Arneis has been plucked from obscurity into a sort of winelover’s handshake, one that separates the fans from the enthusiasts. It has established enough acreage in Piemonte that sparkling versions are now being made, and our tasting panel sat down with the non-vintage Malvira Rive Gauche. Made in the Charmat method, this bubbly is a great wine for those seeking obscure sparklings.
Pale yellow, nose of lemon and apples, pear, lime blossom, and peach up front, followed by anise, gardenia, and melon, with a medium finish of apple and lime. Medium-light body, medium-high acidity, dry. Perfect for a fresh light salad or chicken, and as with most sparkling, just about anything.
Wine: NV Rive Gauche Metodo Charmat
From: Piemonte, Italy
Varietals: 100% Arneis
Rating: 89 points