Cherry and cranberry nose. Medium bodied with red fruit, crisp acid and velvety tannins on the palate. Clean finish.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2010 Torrette bursts from the glass with dark red fruits, grilled herbs, earthiness, tobacco and flowers. Expressive aromatics are woven throughout, giving the wine an attractive sense of lift. As always, the tannins are a bit rough around the edges, but at the end of the day, it is the intensity of the fruit and the wine?s overall personality that are most convincing. There will always be an element of wildness here, but that is part of the wine?s DNA. The Torrette is 70% Petit Rouge and 30% other indigenous varieties, and is aged exclusively in stainless steel. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (Feb 2012)
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Dry red wine. 70% Petit Rouge (indigenous vinifera variety), 30% blend of other varieties typical of the region (Mayolet, Tinturier, Cornalin). No oak.
The Petit Rouge is the most cultivated grape in the Valle d’Aosta region. It is a historical variety whose parentage is the ancient "Orious” family of grapes from the Aosta Valley.
Grilled, oven-baked, stewed and "in carpaccio” blue fish, other kinds of fish spices aromatic herbs and/or tomatoes sauces seasoned, soups, salami, fish/vegetables/cereal based soups, short and medium aged cheeses, fondue, white roasted meat.
With 25 hectares (62 acres) of grapes dedicated to wine production, Les Crêtes is the largest privately held vineyard and winery operation in the Aosta Valley. The Aosta Valley, located in northwest Italy, is Italy’s smallest and least populated region. It is an alpine valley with grape growing conditions typically associated with mountain elevations.
Close to Mont Blanc and surrounded on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps, it is a beautiful and unique part of Italy.
Les Crêtes vineyards are planted in both indigenous vinifera varieties (Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Mayolet, Cornalin), as well as the more traditional vinifera varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Muscat) which are also well adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions.
Les Crêtes vineyards are located along the Aosta Valley’s Dora Baltea river and are distributed among vineyard blocks in six different villages; Saint Pierre, Aymavilles, Gressan, Sarre, Aosta and Saint Christophe. Plant densities in the vineyards range from 7,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare.
Because the Charrères believe great wines always start with quality grapes, vineyard management at Les Crêtes is firmly based on a meticulous agronomic management system. Spraying to control diseases is kept to a minimum to protect the regions delicate terroir and to follow the new E.U. rural policies for preserving mountainous areas.
The soils that have developed over the centuries on the glacial morain hillsides around Aymaville are composed of a mixture of sand and calcareous rocks. Les Crêtes vineyards are located at relatively high mountain elevations (600 to 1,000 m. /1,970 to 3,280 ft.), and due to the high elevation climatic conditions, the harvests at Les Crêtes often begin in late autumn. This gives the grapes time to ripen while exposed to a wide variation in day and night temperatures, a natural process which adds to the unique aromatic character and flavour profile of the resulting wines.
Les Crête’s Winemaking: Les Crêtes produces about 230,000 bottles annually (19,200 cases). The winery, the heart of the estate, is located in the scenic Aymavilles area of the Aosta Valley. Visitors to the winery can view the 16th Century Côteau la Tour tower which stands high above the surrounding vineyards and is the symbol of Les Crêtes and its line of quality crafted wines.
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