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La Sabla Vino Rosso 2019
Les Crêtes
Region: Val d’Aosta
Country:Italy
Awards

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Tasting Notes

Bold aromas of ripe strawberry, red plum and black licorice. On the palate, this is robust and hearty, with flavours of blackberry, strawberry, coca and crunchy minerality. There’s that signature bit of saltiness on the finish that all Les Crêtes wines have. A ripe and ready sipping wine, this is also a great wine to pair with a rack of ribs or backyard barbecues.
Varieties

A unique blend of indigenous and international grape varieties, including Petit Rouge, Gamaret, Fumin, Pinot Noir and Mayolet.
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

Picked by hand and vinified separately, the grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, while still ensuring balancing acidity. After a long, slow fermentation on the skins, the wines are racked and aged in stainless steel to preserve primary fruit.

Wine Type: Red Wine

Variety: A unique blend of indigenous and international varietals including Petit Rouge, Fumin, Mayolet, Gamaret and Pinot Noir

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

Vinification: Hand harvested and vinified separately, the grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, while still ensuring balancing acidity. After a long, slow fermentation on the skins, the wines are racked and aged in stainless steel to preserve primary fruit.

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 14.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable