Red Valle d'Aosta wine, from the awards winner company Les Crêtes.
,Grape varieties and style: dry red wine. 100 % Fumin (indigenous red vinifera variety). Oak.
Vineyards: La Tour and Les Crê,tes vineyards in Aymavilles, Italy. Surface area under vine for this wine, 2.5 hectares (about 6 acres).
Terroir: loose, sandy, moraine soil. North-eastern exposure. Altitude 650 metres (2,133 feet).
First year production: 1995.
Annual production: 5.000 –, 7.000 bottles.
Surface: Training method: Guyot.
Harvest: harvested by hand at the end of October.
Vinification: 10 to 12 days fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature conditions (28°, C/82 °,F). Aged 1 year in 300 litre (79 gallon) French barrels. Bottle aged 1 year.
Characteristics: deep ruby and garnet highlights. Ripe summer blackberry and spices on the nose, with a hint of earthy fragrances underneath. Full and velvety on the palate with a finely-grained tannin structure and long finish.
Food pairings: with salami, soups, medium and long aged cheese (for example, “,toma”,, “,fontina”,), fondue, red meat, game.
Side notes: the Fumin grape was saved from extinction by Aosta Valley vintners, when, In the ‘,80s, they began planting new vineyards with this traditional variety. The grape is characterised by a complex color/flavour profile. Fumin is today considered a key grape in the reintroduction of traditional regional grapes into the winemaking process.
Recommended wine glass: Gran Ballon. Decanter suggested.