DANILO THOMAIN 2020 'ENFER D'ARVIER'
A luxurious red from the Alpine region of Valle d'Aosta, Italy this is made of of 100% indigenous Petit Rouge from Danilo Thomain's tiny terraced vineyard. The name "Enfer d’Arvier" means the “hell of Arvier,” a reference to the intense heat of this vineyard site in summer. The vineyards are situated in a steeply terraced “bowl” that faces directly south and the heat is intensely concentrated on the vines. It is a tiny but rather remarkable site. Wine has been made there since at least the 13th century. This vineyard is a part of the “high valley” just south of Morgex et La Salle, an area that is high in elevation even by the standards of the mountainous Valle d’Aosta.
Bold, dark cherry and hot stones on the nose. Slightly sanguine, this wine reflects the tensions of the hectares it comes from: chilly alpine nights contrasted with scorching days in the sun. It has an acidic yet lush profile.