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The Wines of Valle d'Aosta

Wines of Trentino-Alto Adige Wine doesn’t come easy here, and not much of the minimal production makes it outside the parameters of the this zone. While it may lack an international presence, it hardly conducts an insular existence, given the multicultural nature of its extensive varietal roster, with Italian, French, and Swiss grapes all accounted for. This esoteric grape nation may seem to preclude this zone from establishing an identity to call its own, but in actuality, the extremely high altitudes of Valle d’Aosta’s vineyards allow only for certain varieties. Moreover, this extreme zone imbues the grapes with a distinctive character—attesting to this region’s unique contribution to Italy’s stylistic breadth. The region, which operates under the all-encompassing Valle d’Aosta DOC (comprised of seven zones), recognizes twenty-five discrete styles.
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Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2010 750ml
Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2010 750ml
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Tangy, silky, balanced and lithe, this ’10 Alpine Rosso offers tremendous bang for its buck. A blend of 85% Picotendro (the local name for Nebbiolo) and the rest split up between local varieties Freisa and Neyret, this wine complements its dusty tannins from the Nebbiolo with juicy, pure red fruit, provided by the other two components. Grown in rocky soils on steep slopes, this Rosso is considered to be the Barolo or Barbaresco of Vallee d’Aosta. Aged for at least two years in 25 HL oak casks, the wine gives a beautiful nose full of violets and dried cherries followed with forest smoke, and as it opens in the glass, coffee mixes with minerality, showing the terroir of a wine deriving from vineyards carved out of the rocky Alps. Bright, elegant and surprisingly full-bodied, this ’10 Rosso could be your new summertime go-to red.