Danilo Thomain Enfer d'Arvier DOC 2018
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Whispers of Pinot Noir and Gamay are interwoven with the darkly elegant Petit Rouge grape (indigenous to Valle d'Aosta it makes up 90% of the Enfer d'Arvier DOC - a 7 hectare, south facing terraced rock wall between 680-800 metres). Medium weight and cooly fruit driven the wine spontaneously ferments in Danilo's freezing cold mountain cellar and comes to life in stainless steel. Utterly singular in the world of Italian wine. On the ascent towards Mont Blanc through Valle d'Aosta there is one seriously imposing 7 hectare DOC that delivers this extremely rare wine. The 'Hell of Arvier' is a series of vertical rocky terraces from 600-880 metres almost entirely planted to Petit Rouge. Danilo Thomain is one producer, the local (high quality) coop the other.