After a long winter, all it takes is that first little bud break to cheer the spirit. This 2013 Recit Roero Arneis from Monchiero Carbone in Piedmont is exactly that kind of wine - a simple but pretty little blossom of a white that says "garden party!" with the first sip. Arneis, traditionally used as the white grape to soften Nebbiolo, was recovered from near extinction in the 1970s and given new life as a solo act by influential winemakers, Vietti and Bruno Giacosa. Many more have followed. And this affordable rendition from Monchiero Carbone, often noted for its Printi Nebbiolo, exudes a lovely balance in the glass. A whiff of honeysuckle and ripe Bosc pear are braced with bright acidity, and a long, dry almond finish that makes for easy porch sipping in the warming spring sun. The 2012 was given a "Berebene" award for value vino by Italy's Gambero Rosso, and this 2013, widely available in Pennsylvania for $13.99, is a fine quality value, too.
- Craig LaBan
Monchiero Carbone Recit Roero Arneis 2013, $13.99 in Pa. (code 33229.)