This highly aromatic grape variety is an import from the Swiss Valais, celebrated for its combination of richness and high acidity, often with salty/mineral sensations to boot. This is aged uniquely in stainless steel, from southern facing sandy moraine soils, and 25 year old vines. This wine is a particular specialty of the house, as it has won the Tre Bicchieri award in the Gambero Rosso publication 7 times and counting, as it is seamlessly elegant in its power-meets-finesse, a benchmark example….In spite of how intense and flattering/showy it is in youth, it also ages very very well. Elio told me about how a Michelin starred restaurant near Milan recently found a few boxes of both the 2011 and 2014 vintages buried in its cellar, and found the wines to be sublimely complex and full of vitality…..in substance meets value, this should prove to be a knockout.
“Good full pale straw-yellow. Pear, yellow apple, grapefruit and white flowers on the inviting nose. Then juicy and fresh, with lively flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes long with strong floral echoes.” 91 Ian D’Agata for the 2018, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE
“The Ottin 2018 Vallée d’Aoste Petite Arvine is a terrific take on this expressive grape that loves the high altitudes and glacier soils of this remote and beautiful corner of Northern Italy. There are layers of crisp pear, minty apple and sweet nectarine that add lots of fresh personality and lift to the bouquet. The fruit comes from 50-year-old vines, and you can taste sensations of salty mineral and crushed stone. This wine is an ideal match to an appetizer of raw coquillages.” 91 Monica Larner for the 2018, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE