2019 Elio Ottin Torrette Superieur

2019 Elio Ottin Torrette Superieur




This is the most common red wine in all of Valle d’Aosta, by law comprised of at least 70% of the native Valdostean grape variety Petite Rouge; it brings to mind the Dôle wines of the Valais as the common red table wine of the region. Petite Rouge is a fairly rustic variety that Elio says is totally a love/hate thing; it requires green harvesting in order to fully ripen, as it is really high yielding. He says that people are either really into it, or really not….His blend is comprised of 80% Petite Rouge, 10% Cornalin (aka Humagne rouge in the Swiss Valais), and 10% Fumin. Sounds like an interesting everyday wine, as Ian’s “burgers, pizza, and pasta” comment below alludes to.

“Vibrant red. Spices and tobacco complement juicy red cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors. Closes bright and energetic, with what I can best describe as a high “gluggability quotient”; try it slightly chilled and you’ll find it goes down like water. Lovely medium-bodied red wine that will prove a perfect match with pizza, burgers and pasta.” 91 Ian D’Agata for the 2017, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE