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2021 Valle d’Aosta Torrette

Château Feuillet
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If the Valle d’Aosta’s treasured wine production goes mostly unnoticed by wine drinkers, it’s not for lack of intrigue or a worthy terroir. On the contrary, this tiny appellation—tucked into the peaks and valleys of the Italian Alps—offers conditions any winegrower would envy, though the fainthearted need not apply. Manually maintaining the steep and stony slopes is arduous work that Maurizio Fiorano commits to willingly and with conviction. His Torrette blends Petit Rouge with a drop of Mayolet from parcels that ripen slowly on the prized sunny side of the Dora Baltea River. This rosso demonstrates the benefit of prolonged but gentle sunlight in balancing a wine’s intensity with its weight. Torrette is steeped in character, fruit-driven, and plummy with a touch of violet. Among the silkiest, most refreshing reds I’ve enjoyed, it’s one I would reach for to pair with spicy foods that provoke thirst and command a bold accompaniment. 

Jane Augustine

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Petit Rouge, 10% Mayolet
Appellation: Valle d'Aosta Torrette
Country: Italy
Region: Valle d’Aosta
Producer: Château Feuillet
Winemaker: Maurizio Fiorano
Vineyard: 10-12 years, 0.5 ha
Soil: Sandy, alluvial topsoil, granite bedrock subsoil
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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2022 Valle d’Aosta Moscato Bianco  $35
Raised in stainless steel, Moscato produces aromas that are fiercely locked into this bottling. Honeyed, yet bone-dry, it has a hint of chestnut and would be as charming for an apéritif as with a cheese or dessert course.

2022 Valle d’Aosta Traminer Aromatico  $35

Expressive and pedigreed Feuillet’s Traminer might be the white Burgundy equivalent of the bunch. It spends some time on its lees, giving it a rounder mouthfeel. Pair it with fattier fish or slices of salty speck.

2022 Valle d’Aosta Petite Arvine $37
A grape of Swiss origin, Petite Arvine is a versatile white, persistent in length with a mouthwatering and crystalline minerality. It soaks up the sun but maintains a flinty edge.

2021 Valle d’Aosta Rosso Torrette Superieur  $37
A bright and plummy wine with a velvety texture, made from the native Petit Rouge variety. Serve this beauty with bolder fare in need of a refreshing companion.

2022 Valle d’Aosta Rosso Cornalin  $38

A spicy, smoky red with rustic undertones, Cornalin has pretty black fruit and is a great match for well-seasoned sausages and other charred meats.

2021 Valle d’Aosta Rosso Fumin  $43
A robust and pleasantly tannic rosso, Fumin has a floral quality with a bit of a bite—similar to peppery Syrahs of the northern Rhône. 

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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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