A trio of delicious northern Italian reds perfect for fall meals and entertaining.
Ahhh...Schiava! One of our favorite alpine lean red varietals. Grown in sandy, high-altitude soils in Northern Italy, Schiava expresses a lovely flinty minerality and delicate fruits and flowers. This producer also practices organic viticulture, co-planting their grapes with apple orchards (you have to make space count up here!).
We get violets and alpine herbs on the nose, with sour cherry and wild berries on the palate.
Donnas is the first region one encounters when entering the Valle d’Aoste, clustered around the Dora Baltea river, boasting its own dialect and wine cooperative. Most of the wine made here is sold directly to the abundant motor tourists that frequent the area, with only a fraction making it to the outside world.
This high-altitude fruit is grown in pergola trellises, reaching for every drop of mountain sunshine it can. Aged 2 years in Slavonian oak barrels and bottled unfiltered, it comes to us ready to enjoy. You can taste the precise sunlight and clear air up here, in this lean, garnet-colored Nebbiolo blend. Tense red fruits and a spicy minerality fill out the alpine palate.
Chateau Feuillet Torette Valle d'Aosta, Italy 2019
Torrette is one of the four areas of central Valle d’Aosta. This red is 90% Petit Rouge, 10% Mayolet and the grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel. The grapes come from a vineyard that is just slightly more than an acre and sits at 700 meters altitude.