• Vallée d'Aoste Biodynamic Superstar:  2016 Grosjean

    Vallée d'Aoste Biodynamic Superstar: 2016 Grosjean

    The Grosjean family has been farming their vineyards in the mountains of Italy's Valle D'Aoste for generations, but it wasn't until 1969 that they were recognized at a local expo and the wines began to be exported. Importer Neal Rosenthal is dialed into the alpine vineyards throughout northern Italy like no one else. His portfolio is so diverse with talents like Jean-Marie Fourrier, Jacques Carillon, and Montevertine, but it's these smaller, more modestly priced producers from esoteric regions that define the brilliance of his band of vignerons.

    Today, I'm happy to offer the 2016 Grosjean Torrette and Petite Arvine for $25 and $28 per bottle, respectively.

    As far as Italian alpine reds and whites go, there's very little competition in this realm of organic and biodynamic estates. The village of Fornet in the Valle D'Aoste sits in the shadow of the towering Mont Blanc. As you can imagine, the high altitude conditions provide a snap and clarity to the wines here, with signature cool, herbal and mint notes.

    Torrette is sourced from the Rovettaz vineyard comprised largely of sandy-clay soils. The native variety Petit Rouge makes up 80% of the blend, with Vien de Nus, Doucet, Fumin, and Mayolet. The wine is aged in stainless steel preserving the bright and fresh fruit personality. Black raspberry, red licorice, and wild herbs all meld together here to craft an absolutely delicious wine completely reflective of its unique place. 

    Petite Arvine, the local white variety, is sourced from the Rovettaz vineyard situated at 700 meters above sea level. Ripe peach and fennel notes are met with a salty, alpine-influenced finish that also harnesses some of that mystical mint profile that's also evident in the Torrette.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen