If you enjoy Barolo but are searching for more minerals and elegance than tar and muscle, then look up a 1000 foot mountain ridge to Alpine wine from the Italian-French region of Valle d’Aoste. The vines grow in terraced vineyard blocks cut from layered granite and quartz in what looks like the biggest game of shoots and ladders you have ever seen. Earthy, spicy, wiry wines; hiking boots optional.
Picotendro / Nebbiolo + 10% Freisa and Neyret. Nebbiolo (locally called Picotendro) grown in this granite soil has more minerality and elegance; more nose than body. The 10% addition of Freisa and Neyret adds a wonderful sour-juicy element that makes the wine highly drinkable.
Success! Feel free to
or head to your