Estate: Danilo Thomain is the 3rd generation of his family to craft wines from the tiny 1 hectare estate his grandfather (Giuseppe Thomain), founded in 1920. Located in Enfer d’Arvier, a micro sub-zone of the Vallée d’Aoste region of northwestern Italy, the high-altitude vineyards are on the steep slopes of an amphitheater shaped site. The hardness and dryness of the soil, along with the bowl shape of the area that “effectively concentrates the heat of the sun, thus giving birth to the “hell of Arvier” moniker”. Since the 14th century, the wine produced in the area was referred to as Enfer. Danilo is the only independent winemaker in the Enfer d’Arvier zone. The label depicting a devil was created by the famous graphic artist Franco Balan.
Winemaking: No chemicals are used, only manure for fertilizer. Vines are 35-40 years old and in sandy glacial moraine soil. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in fiberglass barrels, aged for about 17 months.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of blackberry, raspberry, floral and a trace of soft spice. Blackberry jam, a dollop of tart black currant, bramble and white pepper are layered over fresh acidity and silky tannins. A mineral undercurrent runs all the way thru to the dry, fruity finish. Engaging and friendly, fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.
Typically a blend of 90% Petit Rouge, 10% Gamay
Enfer d’Arvier Vallée d’Aoste DOC
Produced and Bottled by Danilo Thomain
Enjoy now thru 2020