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La Sabla Vino Rosso 2018
Les Crêtes
Region: Val d’Aosta
Country:Italy
Awards

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Tasting Notes

Medium-bodied with balancing supple tannins and the house signature salinity and acidity. Brilliant ruby in colour, with notes of ripe black cherries, raspberry and minerality, with a hint of sage. Similar in style to a dolcetto but with a totally different flavour profile.
Varieties

A unique blend of indigenous grape varieties.
Region

Italy’s smallest wine region, Valle d’Aosta is a tiny narrow strip of vineyard located northwest of Piedmont in the shadows of the Alps. This is one of the most challenging regions on earth to work for wine, with non-contiguous vineyards planted frequently on ledges on the side of steep Alpine mountains where they can find a little sandy soil. The extreme elevation, heroic vineyard work and particularity of the ancient, autochthonous vines make bringing in outside help difficult. You will find the vast majority of vines planted on their own rootstocks, for phylloxera does not survive at these altitudes. Similar to wine regions like Alsace and Alto-Adige, Valle d’Aosta is a hybrid of cultures: Italian, French and, to a lesser extent, Swiss. Vineyards here are predominately planted with local, indigenous varieties like Fumin, Prie Blanc, Petite Arvine and Petit Rouge. You will also find smatterings of Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, Syrah and other more widely-planted grapes. The wines offer a brilliant combination of weight, complexity and tingling acidity that make them a natural fit on the lunch or dinner table.
Vineyard

A proprietary blend of indigenous red grapes planted in the village of Aymavilles, right next to the winery. Farmed sustainably on sandy soils from vines up to 70 years old, planted at 2,200 feet elevation.
Winemaking

Harvested in late October by hand. Fermented in stainless steel. Aged in tank for 8 months.

Wine Type: Red Wine

Variety: n/a

Classification: DOC

Orientation: Vine exposure to north-east, south-east and south-west

Appellation: Valle d’Aosta

Gradient: 650 masl

Soil: Sand

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 14.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable