2011 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Year after year, Almondo is one of the very finest producers in Roero, a part of Piedmont where consistency is hard to come by. This is a fabulous set of wines from top to bottom.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

Almondo's 2011 Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie covers every inch of the palate with layers of green apples, pears, white flowers and spices. The Bricco delle Ciliegie succeeds in bringing together the
vibrant minerality of Arneis with the creamy, voluptuous texture for which it is so well known. One of my old standbys, the Bricco delle Ciliegie is once again outstanding. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.

2010 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Once again, Almondo has turned out a fabulous set of wines. Readers who want to explore Roero should start here.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2010 Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie is also terrific. It shows a bit more textural depth and richness than the Vigne Sparse. Sweet floral notes weave throughout a core of expressive peaches and pears in this creamy, textured white. The Bricco delle Ciliegie is often one of my favorite wines from Roero. The 2010 is simply gorgeous. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

2009 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Almondo is an excellent source for varietally true, expressive wines from Roero. The red Roeros are particularly impressive this year.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

The estate's 2009 Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie shows more minerality, clarity and detail than the Vigne Sparse, but it, too, is a touch richer and deeper than is normally the case. Year in, year out the Bricco delle Ciliegie is one of the finest Arneis readers will come across. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.

2008 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Almondo is an excellent source for wines from Roero loaded with character and personality.

Rating: 88 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2008 Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie shows a touch more depth, density and clarity than the Vigne Sparse, but in 2008 there isn't quite as much difference in a qualitative sense between the two Arneis bottlings as is typically the case. White peaches, mint, flowers and minerals linger in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2011.

2007 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Giovanni Almondo is a reference-point producer for Arneis, Barbera and Roero. I am amazed this producer isn’t better known considering the high quality of the wines here. Readers looking for value-priced wines from Almondo may want to take a look at Issue 178.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

Almondo's Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie is typically one of the better versions of this wine on the market, as it is again in 2007. A taut, focused white, it reveals intriguing notes of white peaches, mint, minerals and spices on a medium-bodied frame. The long, clean finish is gorgeous. This is all class and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.

2006 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Almondo is one of my favorite producers in Roero. In particular, his Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie and Roero Bric Valdiana are typically among the finest wines in the region.

Rating: 91 points
Antonio Galloni

Almondo's 2006 Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie offers expressive aromatics that float from the glass followed by wonderfully fresh, focused white peaches and minerals. This textbook Arneis reveals superb length as well as detail, with clean, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2008.

2004 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
My only criticism of these wines is of a general nature. Even though Arneis is typically bottled in the spring following the harvest, the wines often don't show up in the US for another six months. By the time consumers have had a chance to purchase and drink these wines at least another year may pass, and by then the wines are past their peak. I am confident if more consumers had a chance to taste these wines within a year to eighteen months after the harvest Arneis would have many more fans.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

2004 Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie'One of my favorite Arneis, Bricco delle Ciliegie displays notes of smoke and minerals, along with perfumed, riper fruit in soft, round style with excellent persistence. 30% of this wine saw malo. 90 points/drink now-2006, tasted 08/05 Arneis has long been one of my favorite wines to drink as an aperitivo or as to accompany light, delicately flavored dishes. Readers who enjoy Arneis will want to check out these excellent wines from the 2004 vintage. The more balanced 2004 growing season gave wines that are more aromatic and fresh than was the case in 2003. These wines represent the many styles of Arneis, with some wines emphasizing fruitiness, others the more mineral, steely character of the Roero soil. While Arneis is typically made in stainless steel, a few of these wines are also made in a richer, lusher style and see some barrique.

2000 - Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie

Rating: 90 points
Robert Parker

Rich and textured, with lots of volume and concentration, the 2000 Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie is a good-sized, dry white with abundant notes of honeysuckle, peach, minerals, and almonds. Fresh, lively, and richly fruity, this well-made 2000 should be drunk over the next year.