Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
California: Sonoma Coast
Originally from the Piedmont region, in Italy, Arneis is a white grape varietal that is most commonly found in the hills of Roero, to the northwest of Alba. In Piemontese, Arneis means, “Little Rascal”. This, given how difficult it is to grow in the region. In the United States, this crisp, floral varietal is seldom grown. In the US, as in Italy, wines made from this varietal tend toward dry and crisp, with a full body and plenty of fruit and floral notes.
Light golden yellow, with perfect clarity and glinting that catch the light as you swirl the wine. After it settles, which it does quickly, tall, closely-spaced tears sweep swiftly down the glas.
Crisp and bright, with steely mixed citrus of lime, lemon and lime zest. Green apple, yellow grapefruit, pineapple, limestone and a most subtle hint of fresh garden herbs follow.
Bright and perfectly balanced between sweet and tart. Flavors of mixed citrus, Granny Smith apple, limestone, white flowers, subtle pineapple mirror the wonderful aroma profile.
Crisp, clean, fresh and lingering with long-lasting flavors that taper off very slowly, leaving behind a wonderful freshness.
What the Winery Says
Arneis, which translates to “little rascal”, can be a difficult grape to grow. Reminiscent of the grapes’ Piemontese home in the foothills of the Italian Alps, ours is grown in a hillside vineyard planted in well-drained, heavy limestone soil. Traditionally used as a blender to diffuse the ruggedness of Nebbiolo, this distinctive medium-bodied aromatic wine has refreshing mandarin orange and lime nuances. Try it with grilled shrimp or pesto over pasta.
These grapes were planted in two California vineyards; one planted in the Sonoma Coast AVA and the other in Paicines. The Sonoma Coast vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap, an area where the challenging dark adobe soil and cool weather challenges grapes to ripen. In Paicines grapes are planted in heavy, well-drained limestone soil much sought after for grape varieties like Pinot Noir. This Arneis is “deficit irrigated” which means irrigating below full crop-water requirements. This keeps the vine in a slight state of water stress early in its growth period leading to less wood, smaller berries and higher flavor concentration
The grapes were handpicked and de-stemmed without being crushed. The Arneis was immediately pumped to our tank press where the juice was gently squeezed from the berries. Pumped juice flowed to a stainless steel fermenting tank where the wine was chilled and settled for two days. The juice was then racked (decanted) off the grape solids and inoculated with a pure strain of wine yeast. Fermentation proceeded at a cool 50 degrees F to preserve the grape’s lovely fruit character.
Arneis is an ancient variety grown near Alba in Piemonte, Italy. Arneis has been referred to as “Barolo Bianco” and the name means “little rascal” in the regional dialect. The grape can be hard to grow as it is late in ripening and prone to rot.
Refreshing flavors of mandarin orange and lime. Ideal with seafood or pesto on pasta.
- Wine Type
- White Wine
- Harvest Date
- October 8 & 10
- Residual Sugar
About the Winery
The new 18,000-square-foot, rustic-Italian stone structure is inspired by the Jacuzzi family home in Udine, Italy. The winery sits on 190 acres in the Carneros region of Sonoma at Arnold Drive across from Cline Cellars. The winery honors the family, Italian immigrants, who came to America in the early 1900s.
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards owns and farms grapes in Sonoma-Carneros and Sonoma Coast.
Located in Sonoma-Carneros, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards sits on 190 acres at Arnold Drive. Sonoma volcanic soil and adobe clay combined with the Pacific fog and coastal wind are what sets this appellation apart.
The cool temperature is tempered by the proximity of the San Pablo Bay. This area has long been known for producing outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It’s also been a great growing region for our Barbera and Sangiovese.
This is the largest appellation in Sonoma County measuring 750 square miles. The fog and nearness of the Pacific Ocean make it a cool region II area - on par with Santa Cruz, California and Reims, France.
We own seven vineyard ranches in the Sonoma Coast appellation making us one of the largest growers in the area. The vineyards are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese along with premium Italian olives.
Since the year 2000, we have farmed beyond organic. We use zero pesticides, zero petroleum based fertilizers and zero herbicides. Our belief is that this is the best way to attain a healthy vineyard. Developing healthy soil supplies vines with the water and nutrients it needs.