Caves des Onze Communes, Aymavilles Vallée d’Aoste
This communal winery was founded in 1990 to vinify the grapes of a central valley in Vallée d’Aosta including the villages of Quart, Saint-Christophe, Aosta, Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Villeneuve, Introd, Aymavilles, Jovençan, Gressan, Charvensod, situated between 550 and 900 meters above sea level not far from Mt. Blanc. The vineyards are owned by 200 small growers dedicated to the care of their ancient vines in tiny mountainside plots that require intense manual labor and would be impossible to mechanize. We tasted a broad range of wines with them and chose three to start but will be bringing in more of their delicious, value driven bottlings in the future.
Caves des Onze Communes Gamay 2009, Vallée d’Aoste
Light, fresh and fruity like its French cousins from Beaujolais, this is a perfect “red wine with fish” candidate but will also liven up any ham, veal or chicken dish.
Caves des Onze Communes Pinot Nero 2010, Vallée d’Aoste
Classic cool climate Pinot with Marasco Cherry and spice notes, medium body and enough tannins to pair well with grilled or braised meats or hearty cheeses. Great value here, limited.
Caves des Onze Communes Torrette 2009, Vallée d’Aoste Organic
This spicy melange of Petit rouge (75%) plus small additions of Vien de Nus, Cornalin, Premetta comes from some of the highest vineyards in Europe. The fruit is harvested over a two week period (the maturation time differs at various altitudes and exposures) then fermented and rested in stainless steel for six months before being blended with 10% of the same wine that was kept in oak. The result is sort of like Pinot’s wilder, sexier cousin….ready for fun!