Estate: The Grosjean family has been farming in the high elevation of the Alps in northwestern Italy since the 1700’s. In 1969 Dauphin Grosjean presented his wine at the local “wine expo” and was awarded many accolades, thereby inspiring the entire family to devote themselves to the production of wine, and the vineyards were expanded. Today, his 5 sons continue the tradition, the estate now encompassing 7 hectares of vineyards, including several “cru” vineyards. [‘Torrette’ is a sub-zone of the Vallée d’Aosta region.]
Winemaking: Since 1975 the estate has used sustainable and organic methods in both the vineyard and cellar. Only natural yeasts are used in fermentation. Grapes are sourced from vineyards located on a sunny, steep slope [between 600 and 750 meters elevation] in the Aosta Valley. The soil is dry, sandy and slightly calcareous. Aged in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth, herbs and a hint of funk. Cranberry and tart cherry overlay stone minerals and Brothers Johnson funk in the medium body. Tart fruit and herbaceous hints comprise the silky soft finish. Rustic and engaging, a fantastic match with a wide variety of dishes. [It was perfect with a late lunch of cacio e pepe.]
Pairing Suggestions From the Winery: Ideal for accompanying first courses and traditional Aosta Valley soups, perfect for an afternoon casse-croute (snack).
80% Petit Rouge, 20% blend consisting of Vien de Nus, Fumin and Cornalin
Vallée D’Aoste DOP
Bottled by Grosjean Frères S.S.
$20 [average price]