Estate: 3rd generation winemaker Danilo Thomain makes wines on 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 “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 famed 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. Native yeast spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass and stainless steel tanks, aged for 9-17 months, depending on vintage, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Pomegranate, blackberry, red currant, white pepper framed by silky black tea tannins and tangy acidity. Wild berries, grilled rosemary, flinty minerality linger on the savoury finish.
Typically a blend of 90% Petit Rouge, 10% Gamay & Pinot Noir
Enfer d’Arvier Vallée d’Aoste DOC
$35 [average price]