La Kiuva Vallee d'Aosta DOC 'Arnad Montjovet' 2016

Article number: La Kiuva Arnad Montjovet 16
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The Vallée d’Aosta is the fascinating Alpine junction between France, Switzerland, and Italy. In the extreme northwest of Italy, most people typically speak both French and Italian. The region is quite dry, requiring irrigation to keep grapes alive, with soil comprised of blue and green granite. The La Kiuva co-op was formed in 1975 and produced its first wine in 1979, continuously producing a high yield of wine to keep the region on the map. They have not sacrificed quality for quantity, and still use many traditional methods, also employing a consultant who visits the co-op’s vines bi-weekly and offers advice to growers in order to avoid usage of chemical pesticides. Practicing organic farming, they have relied on indigenous yeasts for fermentation since 2009. The La Kiuva Arnad-Montjovet red is a blend of local grapes, with 70% of it consisting of picotendro, a nebbiolo clone partial to the altitude, wind, and sparse terrain of the Aosta. The remainder of the blend is made of gros vien, neyret, cornalin, and fumin. A delicate nose of perfumed red fruit, dry earth, and sweet smoke leads into a rustic palate of fresh strawberries, crushed herbs, and spicy forest floor. Mouthwatering acidity and well-integrated tannins result in a wine that remains light on its feet with a faintly feral quality.

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