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Maurizio Fiorano is always hard at work every time I visit his tiny cellars in the town of Saint-Pierre, just east of Courmayeur after you traverse the Monte Bianco tunnel coming from France. He is a perfectionist in all aspects of his profession, and it shows in his precise, invigorating mountain wines. This red, produced from the native Fumin grape, has the smoky hints you would expect from a grape with this name. It is Maurizio’s most full-bodied red. The flavors and aromas are uniquely Valdostana, this proud region of stunning peaks that shares French and Italian cultural heritage. I encourage you to buy a few bottles and discover what I mean—you won’t regret it.
|Blend:||90% Fumin, 10% Syrah|
|Vineyard:||10-12 years, 0.5 ha|
|Soil:||Sandy, alluvial topsoil, granite bedrock subsoil|
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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