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2015 Cave de Donnas Donnas, Valle d'Aosta

Regular price $33.00
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2015 Cave de Donnas Donnas, Valle d'Aosta

Regular price $33.00
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MAKE TIME FOR MOUNTAIN WINE: CAVE DE DONNAS DONNAS ROUGE

Why do we go to the moon? Why does Rice play UT? Why do we harvest Nebbiolo off of an Alpine mountainside from the underside of a pergola? This is why! In a world of high efficiency, optimized delivery routes, and economies of scale, the winemakers of Valle d'Aosta stand apart. For the uninitiated, Valle d'Aosta is a sliver of a region perched in the Alps between the French border, the Swiss border, and the Piedmont. It's vineyards cling on to mountain slopes and hang from pergolas over terraces that growers have mostly maintained since the Dark Ages. The area only makes a tiny amount of wine and most of it doesn't leave the region's breathtaking ski resorts. It's a slow-food lover's paradise, where things are done the long way in part because it's the only way to get wine out of such rugged conditions. 

This bottling comes from Cave de Donnas, the local co-op seated just across from Carema along the Dora Baltea river. Their Donnas Rouge is mostly Nebbiolo (locally called Picotendro) with small amounts of Freisa and Neyret blended in. It's lighter and more elegant than its brawnier cousins in the Piedmonte, showing delicate whiffs of meadow flowers, lingonberry, and forest floor. It celebrates the joy of things unexpected and unlikely, and while not the easiest way to grow Nebbiolo, I never want to live in a world that doesn't have time for a bottle of mountain Nebbiolo from Italy's smallest, most curious region.

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