Danilo Thomain 2019 Enfer d'Arvier, Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Danilo Thomain 2019 Enfer d'Arvier, Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Danilo Thomain

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Danilo Thomain 2019 Enfer d'Arvier, Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Home to the second-highest winegrowing zone in the valley, the Enfer d’Arvier is a splendorous amphitheater of steeply terraced vines overlooking the Dora Baltea/Doire Baltée river below. Covering a scant 5 ha, the majority of the Enfer d’Arvier’s output is via the local co-op, and with his single hectare in production, Danilo Thomain stands as the zone’s only independent bottler of wine.

Translating to "the Hell of Arvier", the amphitheater's name is a nod to its huge diurnal temperature swings and extremely hot summer days, which help to produce wines that are broodingly intense, while still remaining light and nuanced. As the sole independent bottler of the Enfer d'Arvier DOP, Danilo's production is extremely limited-- less than 500 cases are made each vintage! We were lucky to snag these few bottles. 

Winemaker: Danilo Thomain

Farming: Lutte Raisonnée

Variety: Petit Rouge (90%), Pinot Noir, Gamay, Gamaret (10%)

Terroir / Soils: Sandy glacial moraines at high elevation. 35-40 year old estate vines.

Vinification: Manual harvest. After destemming, wine ferments spontaneously in fiberglass and stainless-steel tanks over about 2 weeks, with pumpovers. Malolactic Fermentation takes place spontaneously in stainless-steel tanks following alcoholic fermentation. 

Aging: Wine ages in stainless-steel tanks for appx. 9 months. Wines are unfined and unfiltered, with only a bit of sulfur applied after malolactic, and at bottling.

Tasting Notes: Aromatic and crunchy, this wines throws aromas of intense sour black cherry, crushed violets, mission fig and wet stone. The medium bodied wine has deceivingly intense tannins, which arrive after the fresh fruit and mineral notes have settled across the palate. This wine is very enjoyable now, but will also drink well in 5-10 years. 

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